Jailed war veteran fighting deportation

Twane Morgan Credit: BPM

An Afghanistan war veteran, who has been jailed for stabbing and almost killing a man, has asked the Prime Minister to intervene in his impending deportation to Jamaica.

Twane Morgan says the 2010 attack was sparked by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after two tours of the war-torn country.

And he is calling on the Home Office to consider his four years’ service for Queen and Country before booting him out.

While serving as a soldier, he was given temporary citizenship to stay in Britain. Having served his time, Morgan believes he deserves to stay.

The 34-year-old father-of-five alleges his condition was not effectively tackled by the Army and he only received treatment when put behind bars.

Morgan, who fought for the 1st Batallion Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, has been granted a judicial review into the decision to kick him out.

He was scheduled to be deported last August, but the judicial review has placed his exit temporarily on hold.

Now, his case has been taken up by community activist Desmond Jaddoo who feels the story highlights the plight of those servicemen and women carrying the mental scars of PTSD.

Twane suffered post traumatic stress as a direct result of serving in the British Army. It is only right that he and others in his situation are supported by the British Government, not cast aside.

Community Activist, Desmond Jaddoo

Morgan, said he would be leaving his family if he was sent back to Jamaica:

I have children here.

Twane Morgan

Morgan, now living in Washwood Heath, came to Birmingham in 2003 on a student visa. He intended to embark on a business studies course, but instead signed up to the Army for four years.

Birmingham Crown Court was told an argument broke out when Morgan accused his victim of being a pervert. The victim responded to the slur by picking up a hammer and hitting Morgan on the knee.

Morgan grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the man once in the chest, the blade going between two ribs. Morgan then fled, but police searching the area found him hiding in a nearby garden.

The injured man was rushed to intensive care and suffered two heart attacks, but he made a recovery and was discharged from hospital nine days later.

He served three years and three months, of a six-year prison sentence after admitting wounding with intent.

Judge Melbourne Inman, QC, accepted that Morgan had suffered PTSD and told Morgan:

You stabbed the father of your partner in the chest with a knife. This happened in the victim’s own home where you were a guest.

Judge Melbourne Inman, QC

Yesterday, Morgan’s plea to stay in Britain received short shrift from the Home Office, where a spokesman insisted:

Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them.

Home Office, Spokesman

More than 5,800 foreign national offenders were removed from the UK in 2015 to 2016 – the highest number ever. Over 33,000 foreign national offenders have been removed since 2010.