Fi­ancee pe­ti­tions No 10 in fight to free ex-sol­dier from ‘hell hole’

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CATHER­INE WYLIE

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.”

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