An illegal immigrant who murdered his ex-lover by pushing her 30ft from a bridge had already been deported from Britain three times.
Younas Beraki shoved mother-of-one Genet Kidane on to a busy dual carriageway because he could not accept that she had ended their relationship.
Only weeks earlier, the failed asylum seeker from Eritrea in North-East Africa had been deported from the UK for a third time – but he smuggled himself straight back into the country in a lorry.
Beraki, 33, has been given a life sentence after admitting murder and has been told he will serve at least 12 years in prison before facing deportation for a fourth time.
Last night Miss Kidane’s daughter, Senait Gebremichael, demanded to know how Beraki, an alcoholic, was able to evade border police four times in six years.
She asked: ‘How could he possibly slip through immigration four times?
‘It is unbelievable. We have been let down. If they had dealt with him properly then maybe my mother would still be alive today.’
Miss Gebremichael, 22, also accused the police of being ‘careless’ with her mother’s welfare after she repeatedly told them Beraki planned to kill her. ‘My mother and I warned them so many times that he was a madman, but they did nothing,’ she said. ‘They ignored her pleas. She was helpless.’
Miss Kidane, 41, came to the UK with her daughter in 2005 after being persecuted for her Christian beliefs in her native Eritrea and had her asylum application granted.
As well as working long hours as a cleaner at a Primark store in Coventry, she spent her spare time volunteering with a charity.
In the months before her death, Miss Kidane begged police to protect her from Beraki, who refused to accept that she had ended their relationship. She told police that Beraki had described in detail how and where he would eventually kill her.
Prosecutor Emma Cutts told Coventry Crown Court: ‘He had said he would come behind her, push her and kill her.
‘She even told the police about the very bridge that she subsequently fell to her death from, as this was the route for her to go to work, and was frightened he might push her off it.’
Last night the Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had launched an investigation into the police handling of the case.
Beraki first came to the UK six years ago after deserting from the Eritrean army.
He was refused asylum but remained in the country living ‘a feral existence’, the court heard.
Miss Kidane ended their year-long relationship in July 2010 because of his drinking problem and his ‘obsessive’ and ‘controlling’ behavior – but he continued to harass her.
In the months before her murder Miss Kidane repeatedly told police that he was threatening her.
Beraki was also arrested in August 2010 for hitting a female stranger at a Birmingham New Street railway station. He was given a conditional discharge.
In December 2010, Beraki was deported for a third time to Italy – but a month later Miss Kidane frantically called 999 to say that he had returned and was trying to break into her house. In a desperate attempt to escape him, Miss Kidane decided to move to London but she was killed the day before she left.
She was walking to Primark at 6.50am on January 12 when Beraki, who was living in a nearby hostel, attacked her on a footbridge over the Coventry ring road.
Miss Gebremichael, who also worked as a cleaner at the shop, was a short distance behind her mother. She heard her mother screaming ‘Why?’ as she was pushed off the bridge and fell 30ft onto the busy road below.
Moments later, she saw her mother lying dead in the road. Beraki jumped off the bridge, but survived.
Judge Richard Griffiths-Jones told him: ‘You were deported from this country but you came back, in my judgment, to pursue your obsession of not accepting the end of the relationship.
‘When you came back you quickly came back to Coventry and to where you knew she [Miss Kidane] was living. Your obsessive knowledge about her routine meant that you knew where and when she would be going to work.
‘And you foreshadowed by what you had said to her that you would kill her in the way you eventually did. You had decided she would die because if you couldn’t have her, she wouldn’t have a life of her own.’
The UK Border Agency said it would seek to deport Beraki for a fourth time after he had served his sentence.