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Killed: Amy was left dying under the wheels of the car as Ibrahim ran off
A failed asylum seeker who left a young girl dying under the wheels of his car after a hit-and-run accident has been freed to the disgust of her family.
Aso Mohammed Ibrahim was due to be deported after his applications for asylum and citizenship were kicked out.
But the 31-year-old Iraqi Kurd has been released on bail from custody while he makes yet another appeal to stay in the UK. He says it is too dangerous for him to return to his homeland.
The father of 12-year-old Amy Houston, who was mowed down by Ibrahim's Rover car as she went to the shops more than five years ago, has spoken of his outrage.
Paul Houston, 39, an engineer, said: 'It's an insult to my daughter. I walk around the street and I'm looking over my shoulder every two minutes thinking, "Am I going to see this bloke?"
'How many more appeals does he get? It is my duty as a father to see this through to the end.
'If I didn't fight then another person would find themselves in this position and I don't want anybody else's kid to get killed. He's just laughing at the British justice system. It is so wrong.'
Weeks before the fatal accident, Ibrahim, who was living in Blackburn, had been banned for nine months for driving while disqualified, without insurance and without a licence. He has never held one.
Left to die: A treasured family picture of Amy Houston with pet dog
Amy, who lived in nearby Darwen with her mother Joanne, was outside her home in November 2003 when she was knocked down after running into the path of Ibrahim's car.
She was trapped beneath it but Ibrahim responded by getting out and running off.
A police officer drove an ambulance to hospital so both paramedics on board could treat Amy but she died in hospital that day.
Happier times: Amy is pictured here aged 7, with her father Paul and grandmother Margaret, at her first Holy Communion
Ibrahim, who has married a British woman and has two children with her, was jailed for four months by Blackburn magistrates for driving while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.
Free: Ibrahim was disqualified and driving with no insurance when he hit Amy and left her to die
The maximum they could have given him was six months but they were required to give him credit for an early guilty plea.
Since then he has exhausted all his applications to stay in the UK and he was seized in October last year by the UK Border Agency which said he would be deported 'at the earliest opportunity'.
But he has won a court appeal against him being detained while his deportation case is being processed.
He was freed by an immigration judge this week to the outrage of the family, Justice Secretary Jack Straw and the Border Agency.
Mr Straw, MP for Blackburn, said: 'I am very concerned. I'm making arrangements to speak to Amy's family and also with the Home Secretary.'
A spokesman for the Border Agency said: 'We are extremely disappointed at the court's decision - we vigorously opposed bail for this man.
'Individuals with no rights to remain in the UK will sometimes attempt to frustrate the removal process, but the public can be rest assured we will continue to work towards their removal as quickly as possible.'
The agency said it could not estimate how long it would take before a decision was made on Ibrahim, who will have to report to a police station as part of his bail conditions.
Road safety groups campaigned for years for stiffer penalties for killer drivers to be introduced.
In 2007, the Government introduced longer prison sentences for people causing a death while driving a car while disqualified or without valid insurance.