Two rapists and a thug who tortured a man who wanted to buy drugs have been deported back to Lithuanian by a private jet after finishing their sentences.
Home Secretary Priti Patel took advantage of a loophole in European Union free movement laws to get them on a plane out of the UK on grounds of public safety.
The three men, who were each jailed for separate offences, include Nerijus Radavicius, who filmed himself raping a 32-year-old woman in a farmhouse in Aberdeenshire.
Home Secretary Priti Patel, chartered a private jet to Lithuania to deport three violent criminals
A trial at the High Court in Aberdeen in 2016 heard Radavicius, along with two other men, had lured a woman back to a farmhouse in Fraserburgh after meeting her in a nightclub.
Nerijus Radavicius filmed himself raping a 32-year-old woman in a farmhouse in Aberdeenshire
All three men were convicted of raping the 32-year-old woman and filming the vile attack. One of the accomplices launching his assault as his victim fell asleep.
Redavicius denied rape at the time, claiming he thought it was consensual. He was jailed for four years and six months.
Det Insp John Swanney, of Police Scotland, described the attack as ‘extremely trauamatic for the victim’.
Speaking after the sentencing in May 2016 DI Swanney told the BBC: ‘I hope that she can move on with her life as best as she can in the knowledge that these men have been brought to justice for the crimes they committed and received significant custodial sentences.’
Joining him on the chartered flight to Lithuania was 36-year-old Tomas Paplauskas.
Paplauskas has served six years of a 13 year prison term for raping a 19-year-old girl after she left a nightclub in Telford, Shropshire.
The attack was described ‘prolonged, premeditated and merciless,’ by the BBC.
Paplauskas, who was jailed in 2014, took the victim’s mobile phone and two items of jewellery. According to the Shropshire Star, the Lithuanian stole them as ‘trophies’.
A witness said he saw Paplauskas, along with an accomplice, clapping each other on the back as they left the scene.
Judge Robin Onions said at the time: ‘You knock her to the floor, you pick her up and take her into bushes so that no one can see and then you rape her without mercy as if she wasn’t a person whose feelings you should take into account.
Tomas Paplauskas, 36 raped a 19-year-old woman in Telford, Shropshire, before stealing her mobile phone and jewellery as ‘trophies’
‘You then left her having used her, having abused her, you discarded her as a person of no worth.
‘One of the striking images I will not forget is the evidence that the two of you were happy with yourselves, clapping each other on the back afterwards, as if you’d done something of which you could be proud.
The third man, Vidas Aleksandravicius, 52, was jailed for 10 years in 2017 for his role in imprisoning and torturing a man who went to a house to buy drugs in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
According to the Gainsborough Standard, the victim was repeatedly kicked and punched, before he was then handcuffed and subjected to waterboarding at a drug dealer’s home in 2015.
The victim told a trial: ‘My shoes and socks were taken off. They were tipping water over my face. I couldn’t breathe. I was panicking.
‘My head went into the bucket. All of it. There was water in the bucket. My head was submerged for thirty or forty seconds.
Vidas Aleksandravicius, 52, was jailed for 10 years in 2017 for his role in imprisoning and torturing a man who went to a house to buy drugs in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
‘My head was put in the bucket perhaps ten times. It finished because they got a cane and were whacking the bottom of my feet. I was screaming.’
In order to deport them, the Home Secretary was forced to charter a plane to ensure there was a realistic prospect of moving them out of the country.
EU law provides some protection against deportation, however European Economic Area state people can be deported on grounds of public security.
Since 2010 the British government has deported over 53,000 criminals.
The Sun reports that six a day are being released from prisons straight on to the street.
But six a day are being released from prisons on the streets every day, according to official figures.
Tory MP Philip Davies told The Sun: ‘The public is sick to the back teeth of the pussy-footing around with foreign criminals who come here and end up in jail.
‘I have high hopes that Priti Patel will get a grip of the system soon.’