Slovakian criminal who mugged 12yearold returned to the UK just months after

Before long, British authorities were on his tail when routine checks by a dedicated foreign offender team unearthed details of Gunar’s new alias.“When any offender is deported as a result of a crime in Derbyshire, checks are carried out by the team with their home country,” said detective sergeant Stuart Kershaw, of Derbyshire Police.“If it is found they have, like in this case, been issued new documents in another name then we will conduct the relevant checks as to whether they have re-entered the country.” Patrik Gunar following his arrest this week Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Slovakian criminal jailed for mugging a 12-year-old girl managed to return to the UK just months after being deported – by simply changing his name to fool authorities. Patrik Gunar, 23, was imprisoned for three years in March 2018 after violently snatching the teenager’s iPhone in the street in Derby, leading to a high-profile police hunt. Celebrities including Michael Vaughan, Piers Morgan and Nick Knowles helped to promote the police appeal after shocking CCTV of the February 18 robbery was released. It showed the girl bravely trying to fight off her attacker after she was targeted on the way home from buying cauliflower for her mother. Gunar pleaded guilty to robbery, but served just nine months of his sentence before being sent back to his native country thanks to the Government’s early removal scheme. Under the initiative, which aims to stem the rising prison population, foreign national offenders can be deported up to nine months before the half-way point of their sentence. It meant Gunar, who described his child victim as “easy prey”, qualified for early release after spending the minimum amount of time behind bars – a quarter of his original sentence. Once back in Slovakia, he legally changed his name to Patrik Krajnak and was issued new identity documents to match.  Officials saw Gunar – or Krajnak, as he was now known – had re-entered Britain, allowing police to track him back to the very city where he had attacked his teenage victim. The Slovakian was arrested on Thursday and taken to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, where he was sentenced to a further 18 weeks for breaching his deportation order, on top of the remainder of his original sentence. It is expected he will this time serve his whole sentence in a UK jail before facing deportation again, saddling authorities with considerable further expense. Mr Kershaw continued: “I hope that today’s jailing of Patrik Gunar sends a message to all those who are deported from our county.” Patrik Gunar following his arrest this weekCredit:PA This administrative sleight of hand was enough to dupe border officials when he landed at Luton Airport earlier this month and he slipped into the country in breach of his deportation order.  He added: “He will be once again deported and, should he think of trying to get back into the country again, we will be ready and waiting.” read more