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How was Christmas on Christmas Island for a Hervey Bay man?

IT WAS a lonely and tough festive season for Christine Eaves as her fiance Andrew Jubb spent his Christmas at Christmas Island.

In a cold cell, Mr Jubb spends each day sitting and waiting to see if the Australian Government will send him back to England.

Mr Jubb has held a permanent residency visa after migrating to Australia as a 'ten-pound Pom' in 1968.

He faces being deported after serving a jail sentence for dangerous driving.

Ms Eaves told the Chronicle Mr Jubb had his phone taken off him in jail and was only permitted to call using phone cards he had earned in prison.

"He's depressed up there," she said.

She said the Christmas season was a tough time for the recently-engaged couple.

"It was really sad, really bad," she said.

With no timeline on a decision being made by the Immigration Department, Ms Eaves said all she and Mr Jubb could do was wait.

"He is holding hope," she said.

"It could be months before he's out - he's still facing deportation.

"They (the Immigration Department) might bring him home - I'm always hopeful."  
 

Topics:  christmas, christmas island, crime, deportation



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