Bruce Mpofu, a Zimbabwean national who was recently deported from the United Kingdom (UK), has reportedly been attacked since he arrived in Zimbabwe.
Mpofu’s best friend, John Priestley informed The Telegraph and Argus that Bruce was attacked whilst getting some food from a shop on Monday evening. Said, Priestley:
He got out of the quarantine hotel on Sunday and went to grab a bite to eat from the shop on Monday and he was attacked.
Bruce doesn’t know much about the attack, he was assaulted when he wasn’t looking and whoever did it left quickly, but he could barely open his right eye due to swelling, bruises and has a few other more minor bruises.
I think his Yorkshire accent was a giveaway, if anyone wants to target those that have been deported, it’s not difficult to find out.
Mpofu is said to be now staying in a hotel with a relative who has travelled from South Africa, whilst he looks for work and permanent accommodation.
The 29-year-old migrated to the UK with his mother who is an NHS worker, when he was aged nine, but found that he was being detained during a routine immigration meeting in July.
On Wednesday 25 August he was put on a charter flight from Heathrow airport and flown to Harare, Zimbabwe after a series of legal battles.
He was convicted of a robbery offence in 2010 when he was 18, and was sentenced to 11 months in jail but has not reoffended since.
When the Telegraph & Argus asked The Home Office for a comment about the deportation on August 27, a spokesperson said:
Foreign criminals who abuse our hospitality should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. Since January 2019 we have removed 7 985 foreign national offenders from the UK.
We only ever return those who we and, where applicable, the courts are satisfied do not need our protection and have no legal basis to remain in the UK.