Free after four years - thanks to her...
NICK Dunn returned home to a hero’s welcome after he was acquitted of weapon charges in India.
Former paratrooper Nick landed at Newcastle Airport at around 11.20am yesterday, returning to British soil for the first time in four years.
He is one of six former British soldiers, known as the Chennai Six, who were released from an Indian prison last week after a lengthy legal battle.
Nick, of Ashington, Northumberland, broke down in tears as he embraced his family, who were waiting for him in the airport.
He was also greeted by friends holding a banner and balloons, who gave Nick a huge cheer as he walked through the lobby.
Surrounded by his family, Nick said he was looking forward to having a hot bubble bath and eating a steak.
“Words can’t describe how I feel. I’m on cloud nine and it’s all down to my sister. “She’s made this possible,” he said. “I’ve been quite calm. I hadn’t been anticipating being this calm. It wasn’t until I came through the door there that it hit me. “After four long years of not being able to see my mum, it’s the best Christmas present I could ever wish for.” Nick, 31, said he wanted to thank everyone who supported the six men during their time in India. He added: “For everyone who has campaigned for me, I am overwhelmed.
“Everyone’s support got me through this dark period of my life.
“Without them I don’t know where I would be so I really want to thank the British public for their amazing support.”
Nick and the five other men were part of an anti-piracy crew arrested on a ship in the Indian Ocean in 2013.
The Indian Coastguard boarded their ship, the MV Sean Guard Ohio, and arrested them for taking weapons into India’s waters.
The charges were quashed
Words can’t describe how I feel. I’m on cloud nine and it’s all down to my sister. She’s made it possible Nick Dunn
when the men showed their UK paperwork and argued they were carrying the weapons for anti-piracy purposes.
But a lower court reinstated the charges and the former soldiers were sentenced to five years in jail in January last year.
After launching a series of appeals, the men were finally acquitted last week and had their sentences overturned.
The other men – Billy Irving, John Armstrong, Nicholas Simpson, Ray Tindall and Paul Towers – have also been given permission to leave India.
Nick Dunn greets mum Margaret at Newcastle International Airport after being released from an Indian prison Nick with sister Lisa