Sex convict wants to return to the USA - Claims he was wrongfully accused
After three years of fighting to convince US detectives that he did not commit a sexual offence, Winston Slew claimed that he was tricked into signing away his rights and has been separated from his family ever since.
According to him, a relative is the cause of his deportation and the source of his discomfort. She claimed that he assaulted a four-year-old child, something he claimed he would never do because he has a daughter.
He explained that in 2006, the child came to his home with the relative, who said that he assaulted the child while she was there. However, he insists that he is innocent.
After being accused of the assault, he said that his life was turned upside down while he was trying to prove his innocence.
"In 2009, the lawyer told me that I should sign a paper, and if I do, I would get to go home to my wife and children after six months in prison," he said.
Immediately after signing the paper, he said that he was taken to jail to await sentencing.
The six months that Slew expected to be away from his family turned into four years, and he was deported shortly after his release in 2013.
Immigration lawyer Joan Pinnock told THE STAR that she has heard of cases similar to Slew's case, and it is unfortunate.
She said that the United States takes sexual offences seriously. Therefore, she said that if he is indeed innocent, he is in a very unfortunate situation.
However, Pinnock said that he was lucky to get such a light sentence.
"I have been doing this for 20 years, and this is one of the highest offences. He is lucky they didn't give him a life sentence. He should have gone to trial. The fact that he pleaded guilty means that he was out of luck," she said.
Despite getting what Pinnock says is a light sentence, Slew said that he is now suffering and desperately wants to go back to his wife of 17 years and his kids in the US.
However, now that he has a criminal record, he said that he is nervous about going to the United States Embassy.
"I am planning to go back for my visa because I miss my family. I am not sure if I will be able to get it because of what they made me do, but my family is suffering. My wife is saying that she needs me to come back home," he said.
However, Pinnock said that she doubts Slew, who was a green card holder, will be able to get another visa.
"He can try, but this is one of the situations where it is like he murdered somebody. The problem is that he pleaded guilty. If he didn't plead guilty, he may have a chance of getting back his visa, but he is in a bad shape," she said.