A failed asylum seeker and convicted sex offender tried to kidnap a young girl from a supermarket and threatened to “kill every British person he saw”.
Amin Husseine attempted the abduction just 10 days after being moved from an immigration detention centre and ordered to live in Home Office accommodation.
The Somalian man tried to take a terrified 10-year-old girl as she looked at shoes in a Tesco in Eastgate, Bristol.
He told her to put the shoes back and go with him and when she told him she was not allowed to go with strangers he snarled “Just come” and the girl screamed.
Husseine, 35, tried to grab her but she was rescued by her mum and sister and he fled.
As he left he told security staff: “When I get back to Somalia I will kill every British person I see and come back and abduct another child.”
Bristol Crown Court heard that Husseine arrived in the UK in 2009 and has committed 20 offences since then, including three other sexual assaults.
Two involved attacks on people in a hospital and bowling alley and the third was on a child under 13, for which he was jailed for 10 months.
But although his application for asylum has been refused all attempts to deport him have failed as Somalia does not accept forcibly deported people.
Husseine, of Eastville, Bristol, admitted attempted child abduction and theft of alcohol from the Tesco and was jailed for two-and-a-half-years.
Judge Euan Ambrose told him: “The obvious inference to be drawn from what you said at the time is that your motive was either sexual or violent.
“It matters not from a sentencing point of view.
“Each is deeply abhorrent. No other motive has been put forward.”
Husseine was also given an indefinite restraining order banning him from all contact with the victim, her mum and sister or youngsters aged under 16
After the case the child’s mum said she and her family were moving to another part of Bristol.
She said: “It was terrifying, I wish the sentence was more.
“She doesn’t want to be around there no more.
“We have always told her about not going off with strangers. She is a star.”
Lee Mott, defending, said alcohol played a part in his client’s offending and he accepted it had been his fault.
Husseine maintained his motive for trying to take the girl was not sexual and he would not harm a child.
Mr Mott said Husseine had worked to address alcohol issues in custody and wanted to make something of his life.