Deportation row couple reunited

In love: Justice and Ruby
In love: Justice and Ruby
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A SHEFFIELD woman has been reunited with her husband after he was freed on bail - allowing him to continue his fight against deportation.

Justice Charles, aged 35, was due to have been sent back to Sierra Leone this month until Home Office officials agreed to re-examine his case.

His wife Ruby, a 46-year-old mum of five, has been calling for his release while his case in considered.

Mr Charles has now been freed by a judge for three months after a court appearance in Stoke, despite objections from the Home Office.

He said: “I am so pleased to be home with my wife.

“I really want to thank everyone who has helped the campaign for highlighting my case.

“I also want to thank the people that have assisted my wife while I have been away as she finds it difficult to manage without me.”

Mr Charles moved to Sheffield in 2002 and applied for asylum after fleeing Sierra Leone at the end of his country’s civil war.

He claims he was attacked and tortured by rebels during the war while he was delivering food aid with the UN.

He married Ruby the following year but was arrested in Sheffield earlier this month.

Mr Charles was held in a detention centre in Lincolnshire, then transferred to the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, near Heathrow, after being told his application to stay had been turned down.

Immigration officials had told him that they believed his marriage to Ruby was a sham.

Supporter Graham Wroe was at the court hearing and said supporters had pledged sureties if he was allowed bail.

“I was asked in court why I was confident that Justice wouldn’t abscond. I told them that he had no reason to abscond.

“Firstly he is in love with his wife and wants to be with her.

“Secondly he needs his medication and treatment at hospital and if he absconded he wouldn’t be able to get that.

“Justice is an honest man who does not deserve to be locked up.”

Mr Wroe said the campaign, which is backed by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, would now continue to lobby for Mr Charles to and work in the UK.