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Hervey Bay dad returns from Christmas Island horror

HOME AT LAST: Andrew Jubb is back in Hervey Bay after being detained on Christmas Island. Reunited with his daughter Jade, 15.
HOME AT LAST: Andrew Jubb is back in Hervey Bay after being detained on Christmas Island. Reunited with his daughter Jade, 15. Alistair Brightman

ATTEMPTED suicides, deadly riots and bloodshed; Bay man Andrew Jubb saw most of life's horrors in his stay on Christmas Island.

Since September last year Mr Jubb spent his days detained with illegal immigrants in the centre while facing deportation to England.

In January last year Mr Jubb was sentenced to two years in jail after using his car to hit 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 last year, when he was advised his permanent residency visa would be cancelled.

Despite living in Australia since he was five-years-old, Mr Jubb was left facing deportation to England.

Last month the former business owner was released from the centre after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton recognised Mr Jubb's three children would live in foster care if he was deported.

Happy and at home on the Fraser Coast, Mr Jubb described the horrors he faced on the island.

"People trying to hang themselves, people slashing themselves, burning themselves alive," he recalled.

"It's one of the most disgusting places you'll ever live."

The former boat building business owner was sitting in his cell at the island when last November's deadly riots broke out.

"I tried to keep away from all that," he said.

"We all got threatened by the other detainees that if we didn't all go out and participate they'd bash us."

Adding to Mr Jubb's increasing depression, he also got salmonella.

"I was in a pretty bad way - I lost 9kg and almost died," he said.

Through all of his battles, Mr Jubb was optimistic he would be returned home.

"I knew I wasn't going to go back to England," he declared.

"The whole thing was a waste of time because my children were here."

Mr Jubb's partner Christine Eaves said she expected him to be released, but acknowledged it was still a shock.

"You're always waiting and hoping but I was shocked when the official notice came through that said he was coming home," she said.

Ms Eaves praised Councillor Stuart Taylor for taking her case to Federal Member Hinkler Keith Pitt.

"He was there for me when no one else was," she said.

Cr Taylor lobbied Mr Pitt to fight to keep Mr Jubb in the country, saying he had served his time.

"My position has been all the time that a person who commits a crime and serves a sentence in prison has paid their dues to society," he said.

ANDREW JUBB

Found guilty of dangerous driving in January 2014, serving nine months in prison

Spent about four months at Christmas Island

Released home to the Fraser Coast this month

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