The 34-year-old African is understood to have repeatedly hit his head against a wall while he was being held in a cell at Tinsley House immigration removal centre.
Amadov Nyang broke three bones in his neck and was last night paralysed from the neck down and on a life-support machine.
Sources revealed that Mr Nyang was being held at the secure unit at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, after being arrested when it was found his British visa had expired.
A source who did not want to be named said: 'The three main vertebrae in his neck snapped. As a result he is paralysed and is a quadriplegic who is very unlikely ever to walk again - if he survives.'
Metro.co.uk, Sunday, February 10, 2008
There is also a small article in the Times, 11th Feb. titled 'Migrant broke neck':
An illegal immigrant repeatedly slammed is head against a wall, breaking his neck in three places to avoid beingt deported. Amadov Nyang, a 34-year-old African, was being held in a cell at Tinsley House immigration removal centre, near Gatwick. Last night he was on a ventilator in hospital.
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