Further delay in Nick’s bail hearing

Lisa Dunn gets a copy of the book Imprisoned in India from Newcastle University professor James Tooley.
Lisa Dunn gets a copy of the book Imprisoned in India from Newcastle University professor James Tooley.

Detained sailor Nick Dunn will have to wait to see if he will be released on bail.

The 30-year-old, and his five British colleagues currently in an Indian jail, had been hoping to be granted bail at a hearing on Monday.

Imprisoned in India, a book written by Newcastle University professor James Tooley.

Imprisoned in India, a book written by Newcastle University professor James Tooley.

But following a day of lengthy court proceedings, the case was adjourned until November 29.

At the beginning of the year, Nick, of Ashington, was jailed for five years alongside his colleagues after being charged with illegally bringing weapons into India when their ship took shelter from a storm in October 2013.

Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May brought up the men’s plight during a visit to India, where she met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During nearly three hours of talks, she said the plight of the Chennai Six was a ‘case of concern’ in the UK.

Nick Dunn.

Nick Dunn.

Nick’s sister Lisa is continuing the battle to bring her brother home.

She recently met a professor from Newcastle University who had also been wrongly imprisoned in India.

James Tooley has written a book – Imprisoned in India – about his experiences and he has dedicated it to Lisa and Nick.

Lisa said: “It is the most overwhelming wonderfully touching gesture ever.

“I’m not sure when I’ll start reading it because as much as I want to right away, I’m also terrified at what I’ll be reading as some of the experiences James describes mirrors the situation with Nick and the men. This book will blow your mind with what James endured but will also give an insight into the men’s suffering too.”

In his book, James writes: ‘Notably, I’ve found people who have similar experiences – including poor Nick Dunn, a young man from Northumberland who has also fallen foul of police corruption, extortion and wrongful imprisonment in India.

‘His case has made me realise how lucky I was – and how important the high-level contacts were to getting my passport returned.’