Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Knife thug receives £12,500 payout for wrongful detention

A Danish thug who served half his sentence for stabbing a nightclub bouncer has won £12,500 for being wrongly held in a detention centre for two weeks after completing his prison term.

The UK Borders Agency has agreed to pay the damages to Simon Granhof as part of a resolution reached at the High Court in Belfast.

Granhof also obtained an order quashing the decision to detain him immediately after he served his jail term.

The 41-year-old was sentenced to four years imprisonment for wounding a man during a fight outside a Co Antrim nightclub in 2007.

The judge who jailed Granhof heard he had been staying at the Chimney Corner Hotel in Newtownabbey while working at wind turbines.

He was ejected from the premises following an altercation with the victim and his friends.

But a violent row flared again outside, with the injured man stabbed up to five times.

Sending him to prison, Judge Tom Burgess told Granhof that “he should remember that he leaves behind a victim still carrying the scars, both physical and mental, for some time to come”.

However, as soon as the Dane finished his jail term in October he was brought into the detention centre.

An application for a judicial review of that decision was due to be heard at the High Court yesterday.

But a barrister for the UK Borders Agency confirmed the parties had resolved the case.

Peter Coll told the court: “The respondent concedes that the decision to detain the applicant was unlawful.

“That in turn gives rise to the issue of damages for, in effect, false imprisonment.

“The parties have agreed in respect of that element of the case that the respondent will pay the applicant the sum of £12,500 in respect of the detention which went on over a period of two weeks.”

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