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  1. D643 was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines.1 He confirmed to the Inquiry that he joined the British Army in 2001 and served as a Commonwealth soldier for eleven and a half years, undertaking three tours of service.2 He was discharged in August 20123 and his leave to remain expired in September 2012.4 As a result of a number of traumatic combat-related incidents, he began to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2007, when he returned from a tour of service, and turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism.((  D643 22 February 2022 2/20-23; DL0000228_0002 paras 7 and 10) D643 was convicted of a criminal offence and went to prison.5 D643 was convicted of a criminal offence and went to prison.6
  2. After serving his sentence, he was detained under immigration powers from October 2016 to May 2018 and spent the majority of this time in detention at Brook House.7
  3. D643 felt that being detained at Brook House exacerbated his PTSD.8 The things he saw and heard, such as fighting and loud, unexpected noises, left him feeling like he was being “mentally tortured”.9In January 2017 and March 2018, he was assessed by Brook House doctors, who agreed and informed the Home Office that continuing detention would worsen his symptoms,10 but he was not released.11 He said:

“Each time I heard a door banging I thought it was an explosion in a war zone and I would throw myself to the floor and I would become breathless and panicked.12

  1. During his detention, he experienced chest pains and was taken to hospital.13 At the hospital, he was handcuffed. When he needed to go to the toilet, he was attached by a long chain at the wrist to a custody officer. He said:

“I cried the entire journey back to Brook House because I felt so humiliated and degraded by this experience.”14

  1. In May 2018, D643 was released from detention.15 After his time at Brook House, he initially found it difficult to engage with health professionals.16 Reflecting on his experience, D643 said: “I endured psychological torture at Brook House, the effects of which I am still suffering.17 He told the Inquiry that, following his release, he brought a claim for unlawful detention, which the Home Office agreed to settle in 2019.18


  1. DL0000228_0001 para 1[]
  2. D643 22 February 2022 2/3-10[]
  3. DL0000228_0001 para 5[]
  4.    DL0000228_0002 para 10[]
  5. DL0000228_0002 para 10 []
  6. DL0000228_0002 para 10[]
  7. DL0000228_0003 paras 14-15[]
  8. D643 22 February 2022 3/10[]
  9. D643 22 February 2022 3/11-14 and 18/11[]
  10. DL0000220_0001; DL0000220_0003-004; HOM032403[]
  11. DL0000228_0037 para 135; DL0000228_0063 para 213[]
  12. DL0000228_0020 para 80[]
  13. DL0000228_0031 para 116[]
  14. DL0000228_0031 para 117[]
  15. DL0000228_0077 para 248[]
  16. DL0000228_0079 para 260[]
  17. DL0000228_0079 para 259[]
  18. DL0000228_0077 para 248[]