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UK to deport former soldier who fought in Afghanistan

PICTURED: Twane Morgan

A FORMER SOLDIER who fought in Afghanistan with the British Army and later suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is set to be deported to Jamaica next month.
The family of Twane Morgan have been informed that he has been booked a ticket for a flight on February 15.

However, they say they are worried that deportation will lead to a serious decline in his mental health. Relatives are also worried about the impact on his five children, who are all British, if they are left without a father.

He told Sky News that if he was deported to Jamaica, he would have nowhere to live. “I feel let down because I served in the army, I put my life on the line,” he said.

Morgan joined the British Army in 2004, and completed two tours of Afghanistan before being discharged with PTSD.

The former soldier has been battling a deportation order for more than six years after serving a prison term for stabbing his ex-partner’s father, who attacked him with a hammer while the pair were drinking.

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His family argue that the crime was a result of the fact that he did not receive any care from the army after he left, saying he had horrendous flashbacks from the war and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

His sister Tenisha Morgan said: “We’re just asking for their discretion. “He’s sorry for the crime that he committed. We believe if he had got treatment from the army, he could have lived a normal life. His crime was aggravated by PTSD: he couldn’t cope.

His oldest son Romarni, 13, said he was worried about his father who was now “all on his own” and extremely distressed in Colnbrook detention centre in Middlesex. The teenager said: “I want him to be part of my life. I think it would be good for me to grow up with my mum and my dad.”

Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC) UK have launched a petition in an attempt to put pressure on the Government to reverse its decision.

A spokesperson said: “There is a pending medical report for Twane, meaning he should not have been taken or booked on a flight until that assessment takes place and the report considered.”

Commenting on Morgan’s case before he was detained, the Home Office stood by its decision.

A spokesperson said: “Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. We have removed nearly 45,800 foreign offenders since 2010.”

If you would like to sign the petition to stop Twane Morgan’s deportation, click here

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