Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dad's Deportation Reprieve

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dad's Deportation Reprieve

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A DJ and dad-of-three who was facing deportation to Jamaica has been given an 11th hour reprieve.

Owen Haisley, 45, was due to be on board the so-called 'convict flight', but has escaped immediate deportation after Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell raised his case in Parliament on Tuesday night. He came to the UK from the former British colony when he was four, and was given the right to stay here. But after serving a short sentence for assault his status has been ripped up.

The former youth worker was one of 50 people with Jamaican roots who were due to be deported.

Several of the original passengers, including Owen, were not on board the plane having lodged last-minute appeals.

Speaking to the M.E.N. from his cell at Harmondsworth holding facility near Heathrow Airport, Owen said: "I am one of five guys who have not been put on the flight. …

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