Gants Hill widow’s grief for husband who died while being deported

THE HEARTBROKEN wife of a man who died on board a passenger plane while being deported says her five children “want justice for their dad”.With her 10-month-old daughter in her arms on Tuesday, Adrienne Mubenga fought back tears as she described her family’s pain.

Dad-of-five Jimmy Mubenga, 46, lost consciousness on a British Airways plane at Heathrow Airport in October as he was being deported to his native Angola.

His wife Adrienne, of Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, said: “It’s painful. I can’t stop thinking about him.

“I miss him very, very much.”

Recalling the day of his funeral, held last month in Vine United Reformed Church, Riches Road, Ilford, the widow said: “The children asked me if they could come every day after school just to see daddy and be with him.”


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She was at Gants Hill United Reformed Church, Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, on Tuesday for a public meeting organised by Redbridge Equalities and Community Council.

Deborah Cole, co-director of campaign group INQUEST – which is helping Mr Mubenga’s family – spoke about the case and the work of the group.

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Those gathered, who heard the police were investigating the case and treating it as a potential murder, agreed to lobby borough MPs and London MEPs to take action on the issue.

Ms Mubenga, who has lived in the UK for more than 15 years, said: “He was a good man, a real family man.

“He went with the children to school and took them everywhere.

“He was a great father and always helped his family and his friends.”

She added: “It’s not fair for my husband to die just like that.

“He wasn’t sick or anything. I can’t stop crying.”

Tuesday’s meeting also heard that Ms Mubenga’s immigration status is being looked at by the Home Office.

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