A young robber who used a hunting knife with a 6-7in (15-18cm) blade to threaten and steal valuables from a passenger on a train can be deported, the High Court has ruled.

Daha Essa, a Somali by birth who became a Dutch national and then moved with his mother to the UK aged 12, now faces being sent back to The Netherlands.

Essa was sentenced at Snaresbrook crown court, London in April 2008 to five years detention for what the trial judge described as a “very frightening” attack.

The Home Office told him in 2010 that he was to be deported in the interests of public security.

Essa, now 23, appealed unsuccessfully to the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) which said he was guilty of a “shocking” offence.

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