A convicted murderer released on parole earlier this month has been removed from the country by the Australian Border Force (ABF).
Christopher Clark Jones was convicted in 2007 for the murder of a teenager at a Brisbane home in 2005. The 17-year-old victim was attacked by Mr Jones and a mutual friend following a drunken argument. The victim was stabbed more than 100 times and decapitated.
ABF Acting Commander for Enforcement Command, Dean Church, said the swift removal of the man to the United Kingdom highlights the seriousness of his offence, and the ABF’s strong focus on protecting the Australian community.
“This particularly abhorrent case is one that shocked the Queensland community when it occurred. Non-citizens who commit crimes have no right to remain in Australia, and will be removed from the country as soon as possible,” Acting Commander Church said.
“The Australian Government is responsible for protecting the community from the risk of harm arising from foreign nationals who choose to engage in criminal activity, and as such Mr Jones’ visa was cancelled under s501 of the Migration Act.”
There are provisions under the Migration Act 1958 that allow the Minister for Home Affairs to cancel a visa if a person is considered to not be of good character. A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record.