UK court halts J'can killer's deportation
A Jamaican, described as a drug-dealing killer, was successful in a United Kingdom supreme court last Thursday in having a deportation order against him dropped as the terms violated his human rights.
Eric Johnson was sentenced to nine years in prison for killing 30-year-old David Williams by hitting him with a piece of wood, and stabbing him in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in 2007.
According to www.dailymail.co.uk, then Home Secretary Theresa May said Johnson should be deported to Jamaica, where he was born to a British father and Jamaican mother out of wedlock. It was reported that because he was illegitimate, he was not entitled automatically to become a British citizen on birth and then did not apply before he was 18. Johnson argued, however, that he should not be deported because of discrimination.
During the Supreme Court hearing, the judges said that to remove Johnson would be to punish him for 'the accident of his birth outside of wedlock', as he would have been entitled to British citizenship if his parents had been married.
Johnson was born in Jamaica in 1985, but was brought to Britain at age four to live with his father and his new wife. If his parents had married at any point, he would have been entitled to seek British citizenship.
In upholding his appeal, the judges said deporting him simply because of the accident of his birth outside of wedlock would be unlawfully discriminatory.
Johnson was in no way responsible for his parents' unmarried status, and there could be 'no justification' for deporting him, they said.