He fled to Leeds after being shot – now Armley’s man fears death if kicked out
Armley man facing deportation after living in UK for 17 years says he faces ‘living hell’ as he waits up to six months for Home Office to decide of his future.
Portuguese-Venezuelan Gilberto das Neves-Jardin fears he will be killed if deported to Portugal, as he fled the island of Madeira in 2004 after an armed robber shot him in the basin.
But the 47-year-old has been facing deportation since 2016 after two short stints in prison for harassment and driving offenses led the Home Office to strip him of his status – and barred him from work or claim benefits since 2018.
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Now the Home Office has told the former welder it will vote on an appeal against his deportation within six months – Mr das Neves-Jardin describing his life as “living hell” while he waits.
“I live in a room, I feel like a prisoner,” he said LeedsLive.
“The Home Office destroyed my life. I worked here for 14 years and paid my taxes.
“I can’t pay bills, my credit score is zero, I have no money. It’s inhuman.”
He said he often had flashbacks to when he was shot.
Mr. das Neves-Jardin thanked Armley’s business owners who supported him while he was unable to work.
“They are so sorry for this situation,” he said. “These people have a big heart.
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Her lawyer Victoria Foster previously told LeedsLive the Interior Ministry left Mr. das Neves-Jardin “without resources” by stripping him of his status.
“Mr. Gilberto has been treated particularly unfairly by the interior ministry and immigration courts,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Home Office previously told LeedsLive: “Foreign criminals who abuse our hospitality should have no doubts about our determination to deport them.
“Any foreign national who is convicted of a felony and given a prison sentence is considered for deportation at the earliest opportunity, and since January 2019 we have expelled 7,240 foreign offenders from the UK.”
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