Two years for detained sailor

Nick Dunn.
Nick Dunn.

A detained sailor and his family have marked two years since his Indian hell began.

Nick Dunn and his family and friends in Ashington marked two years on Monday since the anti-piracy ship he was on was detained by Indian authorities.

And on Monday, October 18, it will be two years since the 29-year-old and his 35 colleagues from the MV Seaman Guard Ohio were first charged with firearm offences.

Since then, Nick has been stranded in the country while his family and local MP Ian Lavery fought for his release after the pirate-hunting ship took refuge in Indian waters from a storm.

He was released on bail after spending time in an Indian prison, forced to stay in a hostel while fighting the charges.

The former paratrooper saw the charges against him dropped earlier this year but was unable to get his passport returned so he could fly home as Indian police appealed the decision, securing a fresh trial in the process.

That trial started last month, with the prosecution currently working through their witnesses this week, including the arresting officer and ballistics expert.

Nick and his colleagues have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Friends back home are continuing to support Nick and his family, with updates and information on the ‘Help Nick Home’ Facebook page.