A 19 year old asylum seeker who is married to a British man is fighting for her life in hospital after an overdose just days before she was due to be sent back to Nigeria
According to the Daily Mail, May Brown said she fled to the UK three years ago after witnessing her father’s murder and being subjected to sexual abuse.
She settled in Weymouth, Dorset, where she met her husband, Michael Brown, 12 months ago and the couple married last December. Mrs Brown, who was a games maker at last summer’s Olympics and has two university offers to study law, applied to stay in the UK but despite her marriage they declined her application.
When May was informed that she would be deported today April 25th, she took an overdose of prescription pills. Meaning she would rather die than returning to her mother land. Her mother-in-law, Helen-Claire Brown, found her collapsed on the bathroom floor on Monday morning with a note to her husband saying she ‘couldn’t live without him’
May was rushed to the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester where she remains in a coma in intensive care.
May wrote: ‘I am deeply sorry that I had to go this way, without even saying goodbye.
‘The UK immigration has finally driven me nuts. They’ve pushed me too far this time and I can’t take the pain anymore.
‘I don’t want a life or a future you won’t be part of. I love you so much, more than life itself and can’t endure the agony of not being with you.
‘Please forgive me for ending it this way. It’s better to die with my dignity than be subjected to torture and undignified death back in Nigeria. Before she took the overdose, May had said she feared her abusers would kill her if she returned to Nigeria because she witnessed her father’s death.
She said: ‘If they send me back to Nigeria they are signing my death warrant, they will cut my life short because I will be killed.
‘I have found peace with Michael, he gave me a reason to live. I have got a family here and we don’t claim any benefits.
‘Michael works and I am studying to become a barrister, we have not harmed anybody.
Mr Brown, a former soldier who now works for a removals company, insisted the couple’s marriage was genuine and slammed the UK Border Agency for its treatment of his wife.
He said: ‘May is the most beautiful, kindest, loving person I have ever met. I can’t live with myself if anything happens to her.
‘She is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with and you can’t pretend something like that.
‘All we want is a life together. But I’m so angry that is being taken away from us.’
Mother-in-law Helen-Claire, 59, added: ‘May is a part of our family and the way the immigration service has treated her is totally unacceptable.
She came here on a student visa and has applied for asylum because she fears for her life if she goes back. What kind of world do we live in when a 19-year-old girl who has been through so much already feels she has no other choice but to kill herself?
May is studying public affairs at Weymouth College and hopes to go to university and become a barrister.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We cannot comment in detail on this case while legal proceedings are on going.
‘In cases where people are found to have no right to remain in the UK they should leave voluntarily or face removal.’