Ipswich: Drug dealer will not be deported because his partner suffers from depression and anxiety

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
3:43 PM

The Home Office has said it is “disappointed” that a convicted drug dealer has won the right to stay in the UK.

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American Johnny Callie, who was jailed in 2007 for seven years for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, will not be deported because his partner suffers from depression and anxiety.

At a tribunal heard in May this year, Home Secretary Theresa May appealed a previous decision not to send Callie back to his home country.

The 64-year-old had previously won his own appeal 
fighting deportation, claiming it breached Article 8 of the European Convention for Human Rights, the right to family life.

But Upper Tribunal Judge Bernard Dawson ruled the decision had been correct and Callie could stay in the UK.

Documents on the hearing explained how Callie, a Vietnam War veteran, “did not demonstrate any attitudes that would lead to further offending”.

His physical health was mentioned as well: “The claimant is suffering from diabetes and degenerative changes to his right knee and is also suffering from high blood pressure.”

Also highlighted in the document was the condition of his partner, referred to only as SN, whom Callie has lived with since 1995.

It read: “She is a British citizen who has no contact with other members of her family and has very few friends.

“Due to her depression and anxiety she is unusually dependent upon the claimant and cannot easily leave her home on her own or travel outside Ipswich at all unless he is with her.” It added she has previously attempted suicide.

The tribunal, held in London, heard Callie had been a “major part” of a gang supplying drugs in Ipswich before his arrest in 2005.

After the appeal was dismissed a spokesman for the Home Office said: “We firmly believe foreign nationals who break the law should be deported.

“We are disappointed by the tribunal’s decision in this case and we have appealed against it.

“Through the recently passed Immigration Act, we are making it easier to remove people from the UK and harder for individuals to prolong their stay with spurious appeals, by cutting the number of appeal rights from 17 to four.

“It also ensures judges deal with Article 8 claims in the right way — making clear the right to a family life is not regarded as absolute and unqualified.”

26 comments

  • This sort of thing is due to the operation of the EHRA. If we want to stop it we need to repeal this act and the only way to do that is to regain control of sovereignty and our borders. You may believe that Dave Cameron will suceed in reforming the EU to prevent this sort of nonsense or, like me, you can vote UKIP. (what's the betting this low life re-offends again, and again?)

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    Gobby

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Hear, hear Robotix ! well said! Ship him back to the USA !!

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    A Palmer

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • "I aint gettin on no plane fool!"

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    Liam Dodd

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • After reading all the comments I am shocked he could have a partner,who would befriend a drug dealer who deals in death and misery???This woman must have a low opinion of herself and would benefit from this lowlife to be sent home!!!

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • Violet Adlam...he IS one of your kind, you have him back!

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    Robotix

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • You can keep him. We have more than enough of his kind ! Now I am sure you have seen on T.V or read in your newspapers that CHILDREN are being shipped into the U.S.A by the hundreds ,we are closing our public schools because of lack of funds ,who is going to pay to educate these children ,feed and clothes them . America is so deeply in debt .

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    Violet Adlam

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

  • The headline is a bit misleading. he was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, not supplying them (although conspiracy to supply is still serious!). The article does not tell us the whole story. It would be interesting to know what his residential status is in the UK. We also don't know how his partner coped whilst he was in prison- surely the judge would have picked up on that? What we must not do is blame the partner. I hope more facts about this case become available.

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    BigGeoff

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • This is ridiculous his partner had to manage. for all those years while he was in jail, if he was concerned about her, why was he dealing in drugs, knowing the consequences if he was caught. ,! There is a mental health service to help and support people in need.

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    Heather

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I am depressed because this evil lowlife is allowed to walk free,what about my human rights???

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I would assume that as he is 65 not only is he allowed to sta here but no doubt he is now also entitled to claim the state pension and benefits etc etc. This is a truly scandalous decision and about time our judiciary started to open their eyes to the real world. If he didn't want the punishment then he shouldn't have committed the crime. I also agree with LS, how did his partner cope without him for 7 years. It would also be interesting to see if she benefited from a reasonable lifestyle while he was dealing from his earnings?? So much for being tough on crime.

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    IMP

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Oh, and also, if he is aged 65 or older he would be on Medicare. He should be close to that age if he served in Viet Nam. Sounds very fishy to me........

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    sunshine

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Dinosaur detective, your mate is retired military, that is why he gets those benefits. It doesn't say this man is retired military but if he is really a Viet Nam veteran with diabetes, he would be eligible for free medical care at a VA facility, automatically, as well as financial benefits. I agree with LS how did the partner survive while this man was in prison, I would love to hear the answer to that question!!!

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    sunshine

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Crazy. Get him on a plane to America, anywhere, WE DO NOT WANT HIM.

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • england1770

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • If he was a British criminal in the US,does anyone believe the Americans would allow him and his family to saty in America, after his entance, Eurpean Human Rights Laws or not?

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    england1770

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I should imagine Dinosaur, all those perks would be gone once you have got yourself a record and served a sentence, hence why he wants to stay here, as he knows he wouldn't get free healthcare in the US.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • So we get to keep Americas rubbish too now?

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Why stay here? My mate of 30+ years is a USAF veteran. He served in all the hot spots and now is retired in Nevada. Here are his US military benefits for himself and his wife: Medicare as they are over 65. 80% of medical fees. Military medical care for life (he and his wife) top up to 100% (His wife recently had a spine operation. Bill $18k. All done in 2 weeks. All paid for by Uncle Sam) Use of any US Military hospital. Use of any US Military Commissary (PX). Subsidised grocery, petrol, all household goods. No taxes. and in Nevada exempt from the majority of local taxes. Why on earth would these two want to stay here? This also puts this country to shame when you see how our vet heros are treated

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    dinosaur detective

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • It would not matter which party was in power, Human Rights law is nothing to do with the EU so it would be just the same under UKIP, just that everything else in our life would be worse. Even if we left the EU HR law would still be applicable, as would the ECHR rulings.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • It would be so wrong to part him and his partner especially as she has no family ties. Because she has no ties can I suggest as a honest ,loving ,compassionate, welfare caring country we give her the money to acompany her partner back to the USA on a one way ticket.

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    smokie

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • To all those who vote Lib, Lab or Con, this is what you'll continue to get. The first duty of a government is to look after it's own citizens. Lib, Lab and Con have forgotten this. Vote UKIP and bring back some much needed common sense.

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    RobbieS

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • If the partner is so unusually dependent upon this chap how did she manage when he was in prison? Did the judge not consider her depression & anxiety might be down to her partner.

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    L S

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Ah, the old European Convention for Human Rights ploy, that repulsive set-up designed to spit on the idea that we should control our OWN sentencing in particular. We need an ENGLISH BILL OF RIGHTS to correct this obscenity.

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    Supernova6

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • This would never happen under a UKIP government.

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    RC

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I don't understand why the European Human Rights act is applicable here as he is American. Try getting into America with even a minor offence against you no chance and if you were jailed over there as soon as your sentence ended you would be out quicker than you could blink. A convicted drug dealer in class A drugs think how many lives he has ruined and he is allowed to stay because his partner is depressed and anxious you could not make it up we are the laughing stock of the world in this country no wonder everyone wants to come here.

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    royg

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • This decision is wrong, very very wrong. Disgusted.

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    waspie

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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