A JAMAICAN drug-dealing killer will NOT be booted out of Britain because his parents are not married and it would violate his humans right, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Eric Johnson killed David Williams by hitting him with a piece of wood and stabbing him in his flat in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in 2007.But judges said they would not deport Johnson because they did not want to punish him for “the accident of his birth outside of wedlock” as he would have been entitled to British citizenship if his parents were married.
Home Secretary at the time, Theresa May, had decided Johnson, who was born in Jamaica in 1985 to a British father and Jamaican mother out of wedlock, should be deported to Jamaica.
The killer was brought to Britain at the age of four to live with his father and his new wife, but failed to apply for British citizenship before he was 18 because of a string of convictions.If his parents had married, he would have automatically been entitled to seek British citizenship.
However he argued against being thrown out of Britain because it was “discrimination”.
Despite losing his case in the Court of Appeal earlier this year, Johnson secured a victory in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Lady Hale ruled Johnson was in no way responsible for his parents’ unmarried status and there could be “no justification” for deporting him.At a previous hearing, judges described him as a “supplier of class A drugs for commercial gain” and told how he was convicted of manslaughter in August 2008.
But the requirement a person has to be of good character to apply for citizenship was “incompatible” with human rights, Lady Hale said.
H/t reader kevin a