- By Katie Davies
Ashington woman begins 5,000-mile trip to see jailed brother Nick Dunn
The sister of Ashington pirate-hunter Nick Dunn has set off on her 5,000-mile journey to visit him in prison
Loving Lisa Dunn jets off to bring hope to her brother who today starts his 132nd day in an Indian jail.
Lisa has finally been given permission to see her brother Nick in Puzhal Prison, in Chennai, India, after he was locked up with the crew of a security ship in October.
She started her journey from Newcastle Airport yesterday and planned to visit her brother, a former paratrooper from Ashington, just hours after landing in India.
As she boarded the plane Lisa carried a book for Nick, which contained well-wishes from his family and friends.
The 34-year-old said: “I’m still really anxious. The Foreign Office emailed me to say I have authorisation to visit Nick tomorrow.
“I’m ecstatic because I know now that I’m definitely guaranteed a visit tomorrow. I land at 8am and I will be seeing Nick by 11.30am.
“On the other hand I’m so scared. I’m scared to see Nick – to see how he is physically and mentally.”
Lisa will arrive in India today, in time for Nick’s 28th birthday on Saturday. She said: “For the past week I have been going round Nick’s friends and family with a book for them to write Nick some messages of hope.
“It’s amazing how much support we have received from everyone. I’m really looking forward to giving him that – it’s the first thing I’m going to give him.”
Officers lodged charges against Nick and 24 other crew members after they were arrested for going into Indian waters with firearms, procuring diesel and not having the correct documentation.
Last week the fight to release Nick and his colleagues stalled again when one of his fellow workers collapsed in court.
A court appearance had given his family fresh hopes that Nick could, for the first time, tell a judge his version of events, but they were dashed when the proceedings dramatically halted.
A new bail application has now been submitted and Lisa is hoping Nick will be released when she is in India.
Over the last three months the family have received a few short letters from Nick and just days after Christmas endured heartache that his bail plea was revoked.
Lawyers from Ince and Co in London have now been drafted in to help with Nick’s fight.
Nick was working onboard the MV Seaman Guard Ohio to protect commercial shipping in the Indian Ocean.
He, along with five other former British Army soldiers, were arrested while working for AdvanFort – a US-owned maritime security company.