African father-of-seven who married two Australian women before sexually assaulting a child is booted from the country
- A man from Ghana has had his citizenship revoked despite pleas he is in danger
- The man’s real name and age are not known though he could be Oko Mensah, 53
- He is serving prison sentence for the assault of child and lied to get into country
A Ghanian father-of seven who lied to get into Australia before marrying two Australian women and sexually assaulting a child has been booted from the country.
The man’s real name and date of birth are not known, however, he is known as Oko Mensah or Nii Odai Frank Quaye, and is possibly 53.
The man, from Sydney’s west, is currently serving a six-year prison sentence after he plead guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a minor.
His appeal against the ruling to revoke his citizenship was this week rejected by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
A Ghanian father-of seven who lied to get into Australia before marrying two Australian women and sexually assaulting a child has been booted from the country (stock image)
He had argued that he was forced to lie because of death threats to himself and his children.
‘The applicant’s migration offences and citizenship offence are serious,’ senior AAT member Adria Poljak said, reports The Daily Telegraph.
‘There is a great deal of interest in deterring others in the community from committing similar offences. Accordingly, it is contrary to the public interest for the applicant to continue to be an Australian citizen.’
The tribunal said the man’s lies began in 2002 when he met Judith Anne Jullen while she was on holiday in Ghana.
He failed to inform authorities he had children when he arrived in Perth in 2003 on a spouse visa.
His and Ms Jullen’s marriage didn’t last a month and his visa was cancelled in April 2004, however, he attempted to unlawfully stay until he was caught be immigration officials and deported in May.
Mensah then got to know his next wife Anita Jean Baines, another Australian citizen, over the telephone while he was back in Ghana.
It is not known how they were introduced, however, the tribunal heard that Ms Baines provided him with financial support before they had met.
On December 1 2004, Ms Baines and her daughter visited him in Ghana and just over two weeks later they were married.
As soon as a three-year visa exclusion expired from Mensah’s attempted overstay, he arrived back in the country on another spouse visa.
In 2011, after he was granted citizenship, his seven children arrived in the country.
Mensah and Ms Baines split up in February 2014 and he was convicted of the sexual assault and sent to prison in April 2016.
Despite his children speaking on his behalf and the claims his life would be in danger if he returned to Ghana, his citizenship was revoked by the tribunal citing no evidence of this.
The man appeared before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal this week to keep his citizenship