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Detainee death inquest witnesses face removal from UK

DEPORTATIONS: Demonstrators protest against the hostile environment immigration policy outside the Home Office in Westminster, London in April 2018

TWO MEN who are witnesses in the inquest of a immigration detainee are facing removal from the UK.

Joseph Nembhard, who moved to the UK from Jamaica in 1999 aged 18, and Christopher Richards, are both witnesses in the inquest into the death of Carlington Spencer, a Jamaican detainee who died at Morton Hall immigration removal centre, Lincoln, in 2017, The Guardian has reported.

Nembhard and Richards had both been set to be removed from the UK on Wednesday via a charter flight. But their deportation may be delayed because of a request that they participate in the inquest into Spencer’s death.

Spencer, was one of four people who died in the same year at the immigration removal centre.

Timothy Brennand, the senior coroner for Lincolnshire, issued a summons yesterday for Nembhard, 37, and Richards to appear at a pre-inquest review on March 11, The Guardian reported.

The summons, which is legally binding, offers the men a last minute reprieve from deportation on Wednesday.

For Nembhard, the news means he has been granted more time in the country where his family are. His partner is 24 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child, they already have a four-year-old daughter.

Nembhard, who was convicted of a violent crime against his ex-wife, is set to appeal his conviction.

Speaking to The Guardian about the concerns of other detainees, he said: “A lot of the guys in here who are due to be put on that flight are worried that they will get ill-treated. Many of them are very depressed.”

Yesterday campaigners held a protest against the scheduled deportation charter flight outside the Jamaican high commission in London.

Karen Doyle, national organiser at Movement for Justice, the campaign group behind the action, said the individuals, who have served time for criminal convictions, facing removal from the UK to Jamaica were being subject to “a brutal double punishment”.

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