A pirate hunter from Northumberland who was arrested in India is set to return home.
A judge quashed the charges Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was facing at a hearing yesterday and it is that the 28-year-old, will return home sometime later this month.
The former paratrooper says he suffered months of hell at the hands of the Indian authorities when he was jailed for the alleged illegal possession of weapons in October.
Speaking from India, he said: “I’m so relieved but it hasn’t sunk in yet. I spoke to my mum and sister, which was really emotional.
“I’ve just been reliving everything in my mind. The first time I see my family will be very upsetting and I think they will have to scrape me off the floor.”
Nick was held with the other men after what they thought was a routine paperwork check on their security vessel Seaman Guard Ohio led to them all being arrested for illegal possession of weapons.
He was released on bail from Puzhal Prison in Chennai in India earlier this year, but was subject to strict conditions and told he must remain in Chennai.
Their company Advan-Fort has always insisted the men were working to provide protection to other ships from pirate attacks, but the Indian courts have pressed weapons charges. Nick’s sister Lisa, 34, went to Downing Street to hand in a 147,000-name petition calling for help with his release. Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery also campaigned for his release.
Yesterday she said: “He’s coming home - we can’t believe it.”