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Home Office apology for 
allowing maniac into UK

Pam Hewitt and her husband David Gray from Aston Abbotts have lobbied the government and the ombudsman after a dangerous man was allowed to come to this country and terrorise her and her daughter

Pam Hewitt and her husband David Gray from Aston Abbotts have lobbied the government and the ombudsman after a dangerous man was allowed to come to this country and terrorise her and her daughter

A couple have won a six-figure pay out from the government after a foreign madman who tried to kill them was wrongly allowed into the country.

A couple have won a six-figure pay out from the government after a foreign madman who tried to kill them was wrongly allowed into the country.

Pam Hewitt and David Gray, who are both in their sixties, endured months of terror at the hands of Al Amin Dhalla, who lied about previous criminal convictions to get into the country from Canada.

Dhalla is now serving a life sentence for the campaign of hate against his former girlfriend Alison Hewitt, who is Pam’s daughter, and the rest of the family which resulted in him setting fire to the retired couple’s thatched cottage in Aston Abbotts, and Wing Police Station in 2012. Even from his prison he hired a hitman in an attempt to kill them – and the couple still live in fear for their safety.

Mrs Hewitt and Mr Gray continually warned the Home Office that Dhalla was a threat, after Alison met him on a high end dating agency. The family has now been awarded £130,000 in compensation by the Home Office after an ombudsman found a string of failings, and opportunities to prevent their ordeal escalating.

Mrs Hewitt, who was advised to go into a witness protection scheme by police, said: “This man came here because he was refused entry to the US, he was simply asked if he had a criminal record and he said no.

“He could have ended up working with vulnerable people because the CRB checks only check criminal records for crimes committed in this country. How many paedophiles have we let in that actually go and work with children, the public aren’t aware of any of this?”

Alison Hewitt was working as a trainee doctor in Brighton when she met Dhalla, then 42, on the dating website. The couple’s relationship moved quickly, they became engaged and the Canadian national moved into Alison’s home.

But Pam and David began to suspect that Dhalla was not all he seemed, and hired a private investigator to find out more about Alison’s new love.

To their horror he told them that Dhalla, who worked in the City, had served at least one jail sentence for assaulting a family member, and had used three aliases.

The family confronted Dhalla, and a campaign of obsessive and abusive behaviour, which included him stealing Allison’s passport and smashing her medical certificates ensued.

After Alison ended the relationship the madman launched an arson attack on Pam and David’s 500 year old thatched cottage, before being arrested with a cache of weapons including a crossbow, and the couple’s address in his sat nav.

Dhalla was convicted of nine charges including harassment, arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, attempted arson, theft and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

And it later emerged that he had hired a hitman to target the family while serving his sentence.

Mrs Hewitt said: “It feels like we are the ones that got the life sentence, he could be out by 2017.

“What changed everything was when he hired the hitman from inside the prison. I always thought that if he came to the door I would call the police straight away.

“But now I don’t know who to look for, it makes you extra alert.

“I will never open the door to someone I don’t know ever again.”

The couple now want to meet with Home Office chiefs to discuss how the law could be changed to help others.

Mrs Hewitt said: “We have had a letter of apology but I would like to meet people in the Home Office and see what’s going on.

“I need to know that things are going to get better and meet the people who will manage the reviews.”

 

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