A few weeks ago Belinda announced that Rupert Quaintance, who has been serving a prison sentence since he was found guilty of Harassment 4 on 30 August, 2017, would be released from Wandsworth Prison on 13 January 2018. Rupert was sentenced to nine months apiece on two counts of harassment, to be served concurrently. Pending good behaviour, it was expected that he would be released and deported after half his sentence had been completed.
However, 13 January came and went…with no sign of Rupert.
According to his friend Charlie Veitch, though, Rupert’s release date has now been set for 22 January:
So…what happens next?
Under the Immigration Act 1971, sections 3(5) and 3(6), the UK Secretary of State has the power to make an order of deportation against a foreign criminal. Deportation requires that an individual leave the UK, and sanctions their detention until their removal.
It seems probable that within a few days Rupert will be released from Wandsworth and sent to an Immigration Detention Centre while he awaits deportation.
According to the Citizens Advice website, people are not usually deported immediately, as it can take some time for the Home Office to arrange their documents. Once Rupert has been transferred to the Detention Centre, he won’t be deported for at least 72 hours, and probably longer. While in detention awaiting deportation, he will be able to have visitors, receive post and telephone calls, keep his personal property, and communicate with the outside world—for example, to tell his friends and family he is about to return to the U.S.A.
However, he will not be able to leave the Detention Centre until he is deported, and security is approximately the same as in prison.
According to DetentionAction.org,
People in detention have the right to apply for bail. If they are granted bail, they can live outside detention while they wait for their immigration case to be resolved. This usually involves living at a designated address, reporting regularly with the Home Office, and sometimes electronic monitoring.
However, it is very difficult to be released on bail. Around 90% of our clients’ bail applications are refused. People with minor criminal convictions are usually refused bail, even if deportation is impossible. They are often refused release despite doing everything that the courts and the Home Office have told them to do in order to return or be released.
While it is of course possible that Rupert might decide to appeal his deportation, we think it highly unlikely.
Once deported, it’s likely that he will be unable to return to the UK for the next 10 years.
Although Rupert was issued a criminal behavioural order for five years, which ought to prevent him from posting allegations about the Hampstead hoax online, it’s rumoured that he plans to write a book about his unexpectedly long sojourn in the UK. Will he write a tell-all exposing the group which funded his trip? Only time will tell….