Chinese man wins deportation appeal
A Chinese man who imported ingredients to make methamphetamine into Auckland has successfully appealed an order that would have had him deported.
Xingrong Li, 20, was found guilty in 2010 of importing the Class C drug ContacNT and was sentenced to 11 months home detention and 150 hours community work.
A deportation order was made following Li's sentencing.
He appealed this to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal saying he had no reason to return to China and although he could speak Chinese he couldn't write in his native language.
Li's father, who had returned to China soon after the family's arrival here in 2002, had started a new family and was "uninterested in him", the recently released decision recorded.
Li also regarded himself as a "Kiwi" and had made significant steps to "develop a positive focus in his life" - he had undergone counselling, completed NCEA and was working towards becoming a veterinarian.
Li was unlikely to reoffend and was extremely remorseful for his offending, according to the decision.
He told the tribunal he moved to Auckland in 2002, aged nine, with his parents and was granted residence in 2004.
His closest relationships were with his mother and with a friend named Andrew Wong.
In October 2009, while his mother was away from home, Li succumbed to the pressure of a newly enrolled international student at his school who asked him to receive an imported parcel which contained "medicine".
Li thought the situation was "a bit dodgy", the decision recorded, but his eagerness to be accepted by the student and the opportunity to make money led him to agree to act as receiver. He was arrested as he collected the package.
He then left school, part way through year 13.
Li told his probation officer he had been lonely and depressed at school. He had tried to tell his mother about his unhappiness but she "appeared to be preoccupied with her own issues".
The sentencing judge accepted Li had a "naive sense of obligation" and had succumbed to peer pressure. His offending was seen as being at the lower end.
The tribunal found there were "exceptional circumstances of a humanitarian mature" that would have made it unduly harsh to deport Li and allowed him to stay in New Zealand.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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