A young dad who has lived in the UK since he was 12 has been deported to Jamaica over a two-year conviction for non-violent burglary offences, Metro.co.uk can reveal.
The government said they ‘would not apologise’ for protecting the public, branding those on the flight as ‘serious, violent and persistent foreign national offenders’.
But families of those being deported told Metro.co.uk that their loved ones are not the ‘monsters’ the government ‘are making them out to be’.
Rayan’s devastated partner, who wants to be known only as Jana, said he was dealing with a gambling addiction when he committed the crimes – one in 2011 and one in 2017.
He has no links to Jamaica, has two British children and served his time in a UK prison.
Jana told Metro.co.uk: ‘He made a mistake, he realises that and now they have taken away his right to remain.
‘I would not even mind if they put him in prison for another five years here. At least we could go and visit.
‘It costs thousands to go to Jamaica, I am a single mum, I won’t be able to do that. I don’t want to go on benefits, I want to work, but it’s going to be so hard.
‘I don’t tolerate drugs or abuse. I would have said good for him, let him go. He is not a violent man. This is not fair.’
Jana fears her partner won’t survive in Jamaica. He suffers from blount disease – a growth disorder that causes bowed legs – and has no-one in the country he can turn to for help.
She has no idea if he has even landed and is worried he will simply be ‘dumped’ at the airport with nowhere to go and no way to contact her.
‘He was a great partner and a great parent. I could not say a bad word about him’ she said.
‘We have always looked out for each other. This is what I am worried about, I don’t have anyone else to help me out. He was the one looking after the children while I worked.
‘It is racist. They are already punished by going to prison. This is not the way to punish someone- by, sending them to a country they don’t know, by tearing them away from their family and children. It’s so upsetting. I know he will not survive.
‘This has destroyed my life and my children’s life. I don’t know what else to say’.
Breakdown of people on the plane
A government breakdown of the 17 people on the Jamaica deportation flight today:
- 1 convicted for rape and given an 11 year sentence
- 1 convicted of rape and given a sentence of 4 years and 6 months
- 1 convicted for a violent assault and given a sentence of 1 year and 3 months
- 1 convicted of wounding with intend to cause GBH, possession of a weapon in public place Violent offences against a person (Wounding) 7 years
- 1 convicted of a violent crime against a person and given a 8 year sentence
- 1 convicted for intent to supply class A drugs – 7 year sentence
- 1 persistent offender, whose most recent conviction was for drugs offences and intimidating a witness and given a total sentence of 11 months
- 1 convicted for importing controlled drugs and given a sentence of four years
- 1 convicted to supplying class A drugs and given a sentence of four years and six months
- 1 convicted to supplying class A drugs and given a sentence of three years
- 1 convicted of importing controlled class B drugs and given a three year sentence
- 1 convicted of supplying class A drugs (crack cocaine) and given a sentence of 3 years and 2 months
- 1 convicted of supplying class A drugs and given a sentence of 3 years and 4 months
Robbery and firearm offences:
- 1 convicted of robbery and give a life sentence
- 1 convicted of robbery, firearms offence, theft of a vehicle and possessing class A drugs, given a five year sentence
- 1 convicted for conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm and given a sentence of 9 years
- 1 convicted of burglary and given a prison sentence of 2 years and 6 months
Defending the government today, Chancellor Sajid Javid said: ‘These are all foreign national offenders – they have all received custodial sentences of 12 months or more. They are responsible for crimes like manslaughter, rape, dealing in class-A drugs’.
But campaigners have argued that most of the foreign nationals being kicked out of the country had come to the UK as children, had no links with Jamaica and had been convicted of one-time drug offences when they were young.
They said they were being ‘disproportionately’ punished for minor crimes compared to their white peers, and say some with a criminal past have been victims of country lines drug trafficking.
According to a government breakdown of the 17 people who were deported today, Rayan is the only offender with a non-violent, non-drug related conviction.
Two people on the flight have convictions for rape, three for violent crime, three for possession of a fire arm and nine for drug offences.
‘They are sentencing them to die’
One woman, whose partner has been deported over a drug offence, claimed he was abused when he moved to the UK as a child and groomed into joining a gang to survive.
He has no memory of Jamaica – let alone family living there – and fears he will never see his five children again.
She told this news site: ‘He is not a serious criminal. He is not a rapist or a murderer. He was failed by the system but [the government] have not given him the chance to rehabilitate here. They have sentenced him to die.’
Twenty-five more people were stopped from getting on the plane today, after campaign group Detention Action launched a court appeal which argued some of those being deported had not had access to legal advice or phone signal.
One of those was dad-of-two Howard Ormsby, 32, who fled Jamaica when he was 15 to escape gang violence.
He served 18 months of a three year sentence for supplying drugs, and was trying to turn his life around before he was rounded up by immigration officers.
His fiance, Sobrena Miller, 25, told Metro.co.uk: ‘He is just a kind caring dad. He was depressed about stuff that had happened in his childhood. He had been through a lot in life. We are all only human.
‘Everyone could see the change in him [when he came out of prison]. He knows what he did was wrong, he was remorseful. He was trying to turn his life around.
‘He dropped his son off at school, but he did not return to pick him up. He was taken by detention officers [in January].
‘Our little boy keeps saying ‘when am i going to see Dada’. He is traumatised. I don’t know what to do.’
Labour MPs and campaigners have been raising concerns about the mass deportations for weeks.
Opposition politicians said it should not go ahead until the government publish a report into the Windrush Scandal – when thousands of Caribbean citizens were detained, deported or denied access to basic rights after being wrongly classified as illegal immigrants.
A leaked copy of the review advises the government to end the removal of foreign-born offenders who came to the UK as children.
In angry and emotional scenes in the Commons yesterday, Labour MP David Lammy accused the government of ignoring their own advice and asked ‘when will black lives matter?’
But Downing Street have dismissed his concerns as the preoccupation of a ‘Westminster bubble’, and say they will be continue to pursue the removal of those not deported today.
A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Today 17 serious foreign criminals were deported from the UK. They were convicted of rape, violent crimes and drug offences and had a combined sentence length of 75 years, as well as a life sentence.
‘We make no apology whatsoever for seeking to remove dangerous foreign criminals.
‘We will be urgently pursuing the removal of those who were prevented from boarding the flight due to a legal challenge over a mobile network failure.’