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Bay man's Christmas Island horror: "Cops shooting tear gas"

LIVING with illegal immigrants in the middle of violent riots, Hervey Bay man Andrew Jubb waits in a detention centre cell to hear whether he will be deported from Australia.

Riot police have used tear gas to regain control of the Christmas Island detention centre after the death of a refugee on Sunday.

Mr Jubb is a prisoner at the centre, facing deportation to the United Kingdom despite living in Australia since he was five-years-old.

The 52-year-old former boat detailing business owner ended up at the island after a dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm charge in 2014.

In January this year Mr Jubb was sentenced to two years in jail after using his car to mow down a man outside the Beach House Hotel.

He served nine months for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm before being released on parole on September 19 this year, when he was advised his permanent residency visa would be cancelled.

Mr Jubb has appealed the decision, but his partner of 12 years, Christine Eaves, said Andrew was in deep depression and suicidal.

"He's missing his kids and family," she said.

"He's just so depressed he broke into tears with the mental health lady at the centre - he's a right mess."

The couple, who planned to marry at the end of this year, will likely end their relationship if Mr Jubb is deported, with Christine not able to follow him to England.

Until a decision is made on Mr Jubb's future by the Federal Government, it is a waiting game.

Despite being in a state of shock, Ms Eaves pledged to get her partner home to the Fraser Coast.

"He's got kids here and he's a single dad - he came as a 10-pound Pom," she said.

In December 2014 the Federal Government changed the Migration Act 1958 to introduce a mandatory cancellation power.

That amendment stipulates that a non-citizen's visa must be cancelled if they are serving a full-time sentence of imprisonment with prior convictions.

When he was released on parole, Mr Jubb was grabbed by Federal Police and taken straight to Perth's Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre before being moved to Christmas Island while he awaits the outcome of his appeal.

Mr Jubb's prior offences were unlicensed driving and drink-driving

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt would not comment on individual cases but said people who live here should obey our laws.

"The government makes no apologies for cancelling the visas of immigrants who commit serious or violent criminal offences in our country," he said.

"It is not unreasonable to expect people who enjoy the benefits of living in this country will obey Australian law."

The Department of Immigration would not comment on any individual case.

Texts between Andrew and Christine as Christmas Island riotS

Andrew: They've burnt a lot of the place - the cops are shooting tear gas

Andrew: Just waiting 4 daylight then sh*t hits fan

Christine: Stay safe

Andrew: A bit scary

Christine: I love you. And I'll get you home soon.

Topics:  christmas island, hervey bay, riots




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