A drug dealer is appealing against her deportation on the grounds it will violate her human rights as a lesbian.She didn’t worry too much about violating this country’s laws, did she?
The Jamaican argues she will be persecuted for her homosexuality if she is returned to her home country at the end of her sentence.So? Exactly how are the Jamaicans going to know that she decided to bat for the other team while she was banged up?
She had a boyfriend before her conviction for supplying class-A drugs, but has since had several same-sex lovers in prison.
Does the Home office stamp her passport with a big red ‘L’ for lezzer on departure? Does it take out a full page ad in the Jamaican gay press?
Yesterday the Court of Appeal heard that the woman, called A for legal reasons, wants to stay in the UK where she says she has found love with a fellow inmate.Well, I suspect the people would rather she didn’t. She came here as a criminal in order to smuggle drugs, after all.
But the Home Office refuses to accept the relationship is genuine and said it was just a ruse to get her deportation order returned.Because, of course, she’s getting legal aid.
They argue her same-sex relations were merely the result of the lack of male alternatives - similar to one of the lesbian flings depicted in prison dramas such as Bad Girls. Her case is set to cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds.
Ain’t the UK grand?
She says in Jamaica she faces the threat of criminal gangs who would set out to kill her because of her homosexuality.She has no claim on this country – she came here expressly to break the law.
Her legal case is that deporting her would violate her rights to life, freedom of expression, a private life and freedom from discrimination.
This, right here, this fannying around (no pun intended) is why ordinary people’s patience is fast running out.
But the Home Office believes her alleged relationship is 'part and parcel of a campaign to be allowed to stay in the UK'.Nothing, that is, except the lawyers on the gravy train…
They claim that as A's alleged girlfriend is also Jamaican, there is nothing stopping the couple returning to the Caribbean and setting up home there together.
A, who is fighting her case using legal aid, said she was 'lost and frightened' when she left Jamaica as a teenager, but is now more confident-about who she is.Who says prison doesn’t change people?
She says she had homosexual and heterosexual relationships before being imprisoned, but had become 'more socially confident' behind bars, and as a result, had confirmed in her mind her lesbianism.
Mr Chelvan (her barrister) said officials had agreed that if it was found she was a lesbian then she would be 'at risk' in Jamaica, and had also accepted she was in a lesbian relationship.No, sorry Mr Chelvan, but I think you’ll find this case has actually boosted confidence a bit, despite the cost.
He said the Home Office's behaviour was a 'public disgrace' and had 'undermined public confidence' in the immigration system.
Well, assuming the HO wins. Which is by no means certain…