Sierra Leonean athlete can stay in UK after three-year legal fight

Jimmy Thoronka, who was found sleeping rough a year after competing at Commonwealth Games, granted leave to remain

A Sierra Leonean sprinter who absconded from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was found sleeping rough on the streets of London has been granted leave to remain in the UK after a long legal battle.

After three years of attempts by the Home Office to force Thoronka out of the country under its “hostile environment” policy, a court ruled in Jimmy Thoronka’s favour last month.

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