20-30 members of the No Borders demonstration walked to the police station to ascertain what was happening to him. Two people were arrested for failing to follow police instructions to move into a holding area for the assembling group. One of those arrested, Joe Hill, stated "I was in a cell adjacent to the asylum seeker, and for several hours could hear him screaming and banging the door, it was very distressing." The man was held overnight and taken to Croydon Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning. Legal support at the camp arranged for a lawyer to represent him and 2 people from prisoner support also attended court. Unfortunately the man was in too much of a distressed state to give proper instructions, and without the necessary information the magistrates decided "with regret" to remand him in custody until a court hearing next week.
The good news is that the Prosecution have dropped his charge from assault PC to s. 5 Public Order Act (a non-imprisonable offence).
Prisoner Support, No Borders Camp
He unfortunately did not make bail at his hearing on Thurs 27 Sep, mainly because he is NFA and has nowhere to be bailed to. They have again upped his charges to assault of a police officer and Public Order Act, s 5.
What you can do:
Provide a bail address (contact email below for further details of what is needed)
Show support by attending the court hearing – Tues 2nd Oct, Croydon Magistrates Court, 9.30am
Write to him / send gifts / visit him at Highdown or on his release (contact email below)
Pass on your contact details if you witnessed his arrest at Lunar House (contact email below)
Legal & prisoner support at the camp have arranged lawyers to represent the man, have attended both his court hearings so far, visited and maintained contact with him at HMP Highdown. We are in the process of arranging a medical assessment by doctors used to working with and seeking justice for migrants.
For further information, please contact:
The Gatwick Area No Border Camp legal & prisoner support
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (put legal & prisoner support in subject line please)