Billy Irv­ing is back in In­dian court

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

CONNEL man Billy Irv­ing ap­peared in front of an In­dian court on Mon­day and Tues­day of this week.

The facts of his ap­peal were heard and he and oth­ers will reap­pear next week for the out­come.

Billy’s fi­ancee, Yvonne MacHugh, is hop­ing to get him back for Christ­mas.

Billy and five other Bri­tish ex-ser­vice­men were sen­tenced to five years in an In­dian prison in Jan­uary 2016. The men, known as the Chen­nai Six, were work­ing as armed guards pro­tect­ing ships from So­mali pi­rates in the In­dian Ocean.

Au­thor­i­ties ar­rested the crew of the MV Sea­man Guard Ohio for stray­ing into In­dian waters with un­li­censed weapons.

Yvonne re­cently filmed their two-year-old son Wil­liam telling her what he wants for Christ­mas - his daddy back. ‘I try to film as much of Wil­liam as pos­si­ble,’ she said. ‘From spe­cial oc­ca­sions to ev­ery­day things.

‘Billy has missed out on so much of the two years Wil­liam has been with us. So when Billy is home and free he can sit down to watch them and see how much his lit­tle boy has grown. Tonight I de­cided to video him writ­ing his let­ter to Santa, and I am so glad I did.’ The 18-se­cond clip ends with Wil­liam say­ing: ‘I miss him, mummy,’ and Yvonne replies: ‘I miss him too, dar­ling.’

The Chen­nai Six also re­ceived the sup­port from best-sell­ing nov­el­ist and for­mer SAS sergeant Andy McNab, who has signed a copy of his lat­est book for the Chen­nai Six, which will be mak­ing its way to the prison in In­dia next week.

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