Family’s terror as bungling officials told British dad-of-two he’d be deported

The family of a British dad-of-two were terrified he would be deported when prison officials told him to start packing for a flight to Trinidad.

At the beginning of February prison officials told Adria Lotmore he would be put on a plane to the Caribbean island in three days time, his mum claimed.

The deportation threat sent his family went into panic mode.

The 34-year-old had moved to the UK from the Caribbean island at eight-months-old and isn't a Trinidadian citizen.

Not only would he be taken thousands of miles away from his two young children, Lotmore's family feared for his safety in the country's prison system.

Authorities halted their plans five days later when they realised he was a British citizen.

Before they did Lotmore, who is serving four years and nine months in prison for cocaine dealing, had been transferred to HM Prison Huntercombe in Oxfordshire to prepare for his departure.

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Before the deportation plans were called off, he had told his entire family that he was destined for a cell more than 4,000 miles away. 

His partner, his children – aged four and ten – and his five siblings were terrified at the fate that awaited him in the notorious Trinidad prison system.

Christina Agard, Lotmore's mum, said: "The prison he was in asked him where he was born, he said Trinidad and Tobago.

"They took it on themselves and they drove him to a prison near a deportation centre.

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"He rang me in panic and said he had to get his things together. I was in panic mode."

By the time Ms Agard had paid a £1,700 to an immigration lawyer – money she fears she won't get back – her son had been moved from Peterborough to Norfolk, and then on to Oxford.

"I myself felt very, very scared," Ms Agard said.

"They would have been sending him away from all his family. He has two young kids.

"The only person he knew in Trinidad was his grandma who died 20 years ago. His only conviction is for drug dealing.

"If he was a violent person, that might be a different thing

"What he did was wrong, but he's not that kind of person. He's not violent."

Ms Agard described the terror she felt when Adrian told her he would be sent to a Trinidad prison.

She said: "I was in pieces. I still am in pieces. It was like 'he's going to be dead then.'

"What is he going to? What am I going to do?"

The gaff came a week after dozens of cons were taken off a plane to Jamaica at the last moment due to an eleventh-hour legal intervention into the deportation effort.

When asked to explain the confusion, a Home Office spokesperson said Adrian "self-declared that he was born in Trinidad and Tobago."

They added: "In 29 August 2019 he missed an appointment with an immigration officer to discuss his case with in prison.

"A referral was sent to the Home Office for further checks and after these were carried out, we identified that he was a British citizen.

“Mr Lotmore was never served with paperwork stating he was facing deportation back to Trinidad and Tobago.

"He will continue to serve the rest of his custodial sentence.”

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