Fiancee petitions No 10 in fight to free ex-soldier from ‘hell hole’
Members of the Chennai Six, including Yvonne MacHugh and son William, petitioned Downing Street as they marked four years since the arrests.
and I can be strong. But it is horrific. Every single day... I’m now a single mum.”
Ms MacHugh said they got engaged when she brought William over to India to visit Mr Irving for the first time, and they had the wedding planned for May 2016 when they thought her fiance would be home.
“It would be both a homecoming celebration and our wedding celebration,” she said, adding that she has not lost hope and said she thinks about it “every single day”.
She added: “Definitely. It will happen. I just want it to happen tomorrow, and not in five years’ time.”
Billy Irving and Yvonne MacHugh.
She said her fiance would do anything to be at home with them.
“We don’t know what to do to have him released. We don’t know if what we’re doing is right. We don’t know if it’s wrong.
“But we just know we have to do something, and we’re trying to do everything we can to bring him home.”
Ms MacHugh said she sends lots of photographs to her fiance, writing to him every week, and talks to her son about his father every day.
“We watch home movies of his dad, and pictures and everything, so that he doesn’t
forget him. And that when he does come home he knows that that’s the dad who loved him and has loved him from day one,” she said.
Ms MacHugh said her fiance writes bedtime stories for William which she reads to him at night.
She said they are hoping for a strong response from Governmemt.
“Boris Johnson has said in the past that he will leave no stone unturned to release the Chennai six.
“And really we are just hoping that he backs that up with actions.”