A mother who has a 21 year old autistic son has vowed she will not stop fighting in order to stop her son from being deported to Jamaica following a conviction for the supposed robbery of a friends mobile phone.
The case of Osime Brown has attracted an increase in support from MP’s, human rights campaigners and lawyers, who all say that the Home Office’s intention to deport Osimie Brown to Jamaica, a country which he left when he was aged four, in line with rules which say those who have served a sentence of 12 months or more face automatic deportation, must be challenged. His lawyers have voiced concern regarding the role of the joint enterprise law in this case.
A petition which opposes the deportation has so far attracted more than 126,000 signatures. Brown has a range of difficulties. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 16 and has also been diagnosed with an underlying anxiety disorder, emotionally unstable personality disorder and PTSD.
He spent time in care from the age of 16 and was convicted of robbery, attempted robbery and perverting the course of justice in 2018, charges which he has always insisted he is innocent of. He recently completed his prison sentence.
He was due to be transferred to an immigration detention centre in preparation for deportation to Jamaica, but following intervention from his lawyers he has been allowed to return to his family in Dudley.
A new legal appeal is currently underway against his deportation and his lawyers are gathering fresh evidence in support of his case.
His mother says she is overjoyed to have him home. She said: “The fight to stop Osime’s deportation starts now”. I’m like a volcano and I’m going to fight to keep him with me in the UK. I was overwhelmed to see him, he was like a kid in a sweetshop”.
“Osime has been affected mentally, physically and emotionally by this ‘traumatic experience’. I just want him to be able to relax now. I got him his Playstation and am cooking him his favourite meal, dumplings and ackee. He is trying to adjust and re-orientate himself. He was in a cruel environment in prison”. I would like to see a public inquiry for all cases like Osime’s – children and young people who have been in care and end up in the criminal justice system”.
Sarah Ricca and Clare Hayes of Deighton Pierce Glynn said: “It would seem from information received to date that the threat to deport Osime is the culmination of a long history of discriminatory treatment, which is all too familiar for children with autism, and for black children especially”.
Osime’s case shines a light on institutional racism in many of its forms, and particularly concerning in Osime’s case, the intersection of racism with the discriminatory treatment of disabled, neuro-divergent people and people with autism, especially in places of detention”.
An early day motion, Justice for Osimie Brown, has so far attracted signatures from 29 MP’s. It calls for the plans to deport Brown to Jamaica to be halted and instead for him to receive the support he needs for his disabilities.
Director of Detention Action, Bella Sankey condemned the plans to deport Brown. He was due to be transferred from prison to an immigration centre a few days ago but following intervention from his lawyers was allowed to return home to his family instead.
“Osimie’s acute vulnerabilities and the many ways in which he has been failed by the state make Priti Patel’s plans to detain and deport him all the more shocking. But make no mistake our detention and deportation laws are disproportionate and systemically racist, tearing apart ordinary lives and families across our country. We need reform so that deportation is reserved for the most serious offenders with minimal links to the UK, not young black men raised in the UK and British in all but name”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We only ever return those who we, and where applicable, the courts are satisfied do not need our protection and have no legal bases to remain in the UK. It would be inappropriate to comment further while legal proceedings are ongoing.