Foreign criminal uses the "I am gay" defence to avoid deportation Watch
Alvin Brissett, 55, was ordered to be sent back to his Jamaican homeland after building up a long criminal record including thefts, drug possession, and assaults.
Yet at the last moment, while he was in handcuffs in a van at Gatwick airport, he announced that he was gay and claimed he could not be sent to Jamaica because he could face discrimination there.
This claim halted his deportation in its tracks.
And even though a hearing subsequently ruled it would have been lawful to send him home, as Home Secretary Theresa May wished, he has now won the right to remain.
Two immigration judges have ruled that his human right to a family life is more important than the Government’s wish to protect the public from him.
Conservative MP Philip Davies said: ‘This case perfectly shows how the law is an ass. We must be a complete laughing stock.’
Asked about claims that he was not really gay, Brissett told The Sun: ‘I had a right.’
Another victory for the Human Rights Act.