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A MOTHER is calling for the refugee who killed her pregnant daughter in a road smash to be deported when he is released from jail.

Sri Lankan Ratnam Yogan is currently serving two years and nine months for causing the death of Debbie Peaty, 26, by dangerous driving in a crash.

Ms Peaty’s mother Marj Peaty, of West Hill, Uttoxeter, now fears recent revelations that foreign criminals are being freed back into the community means Yogan will escape deportation.

She told the Advertiser: "He should be deported. I do have strong feelings on that.

"Dealing with the police last year they said that he might be facing deportation.

"Whether it will ever happen I don’t know."

Mrs Peaty said she felt foreign criminals should be deported so they could not reoffend in the UK.

She said: "He put us through 17 months of hell.

"Our daughter would be still here if it wasn’t for him."

Any foreigner convicted of a serious offence is supposed to be considered for deportation on release from jail.

However, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has admitted that 1,023 convicts had been freed back into the community without their cases even being considered.

Ms Peaty was 30 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash in Northamptonshire in October, 2003, and her daughter, named Charlotte Louise, was delivered but pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Although she had moved to Daventry, Northamptonshire, to work as a teacher, Ms Peaty and her partner, Jason Leach, had been planning to return to her home town to bring up their child later that year.

Father-of-one Yogan, of Manor Park, east London, skipped bail and spent 17 months on the run across Europe before police could haul him before the courts to face justice in July, 2005.

He also admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by misleading police, telling them he had already sold the car, which he was in the process of selling when the tragedy happened.

Yogan will be eligible for release at the end of this year.

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