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Australia will deport rapist to UK

A British rapist who carried out a horrific sex attack in a dungeon likened to The Silence of the Lambs is being deported from Australia back to the UK.

Leslie Cunliffe, 63, posed as a policeman to kidnap a 21-year-old woman and then gagged, blindfolded and bound her, strapped a fake bomb to her body and raped her.

He also demanded a one million Australian dollar (£650,000) ransom from her family during the May 1999 attack in Geelong, near Melbourne, in the state of Victoria.

Cunliffe, who holds a British passport, served 12 years in prison in Australia for the rape before being freed on April 16.

He was detained by immigration officials in Victoria on Thursday and is now being held at the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre awaiting deportation to Britain.

A spokeswoman for Australia's Department of Immigration said: "Department officers are undertaking to remove Mr Cunliffe to the UK, where he lived before moving to Australia. It will be as soon as practical but we do not have a date."

The Australian authorities cancelled Cunliffe's visa on "character" grounds under a provision in their Immigration Act that allows them to kick out people convicted of serious offences.

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 introduced provisions to ensure that people convicted of sex crimes overseas are made to sign the sex offenders register in this country.

Cunliffe, who reportedly moved to Australia from Britain in 1967, will be met by police when he lands in the UK.

After being interviewed by officers, he will almost certainly be placed on the sex offenders register.

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