AN illegal immigrant who repeatedly bit a toddler during a sickening assault has walked free from court.
But despite having a disgraceful record of violence, the 35-year-old will not be deported back to Iran – because his life could be put in danger.
Ali Ahmad sunk his teeth into the Sunderland tot, who had just had his third birthday, with such force he left painful bruises.
Ahmad, who came to the UK from Iran, claimed the boy had “loved it” and that the injuries, two to his chest and one to his arm, happened during play.
But he went on to plead guilty to assault causing bodily harm.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Ahmad, who has served prison sentences for affray and assaulting police officers in the past, cannot be deported because the part of Iran he comes from has been deemed too dangerous to send its citizens back.
Judge Michael Cartlidge sentenced Ahmad, who served the equivalent of a 12 month prison sentence on remand, to a community order for 18 months with supervision and programme requirements.
As part of the order Ahmad must undertake a Citizens Programme during which he will liaise with the Border and Immigration Agency.
The judge told him: “It is completely unacceptable to do what you did to a three-year-old boy.”
Prosecutor Julie Clemitson told the court the attack happened at the boy’s Sunderland home in April last year.
Miss Clemitson said: “The boy had just turned three the month before.
“The boy’s mother heard him cry out. When she investigated, the defendant told her not to worry, they had just been playing.
“The mother noticed bite marks when she was showering him.
“The doctor’s opinion was force would have been required to have caused the injuries and they would each have caused severe pain.”
The court heard Ahmad is not allowed to work in this country because of his immigration status and relies on food vouchers and handouts from friends in the Kurdish community to survive.
Judge Cartlidge added: “It seems the only reason the defendant is not being deported is because he comes from a part of Iran which is too dangerous.”