she told him she would “destroy his life.”
An Indian man has escaped being deported from New Zealand after officials found his “malicious” ex-girlfriend falsely claimed he hit her.
The 26-year-old Indian citizen has been in New Zealand since 2015 on a series of student and work visas.
He was reportedly arrested in late 2019 after his then-girlfriend called the police alleging he had slapped her across the face “with full force.”
The complaint was later withdrawn, however, he was given diversion, meaning no conviction was recorded.
In June 2020, Immigration New Zealand issued a notice to the man claiming he was to be deported.
They said that the police charge showed he was not of good character and was not eligible to stay in New Zealand.
The Indian citizen appealed the notice to New Zealand’s Immigration and Protection Tribunal.
The Tribunal released their decision to allow the man to stay in New Zealand on January 5, 2020.
The hearing alleged that the man identified as JU proved that his ex-girlfriend was a “heavy drinker” who was “well known” to police.
She had previous convictions for shoplifting and had also been arrested for abusing a liquor store manager.
The Tribunal stated:
“By contrast, the appellant had a clean police record and had at all times abided by the conditions of his visa in New Zealand.”
The argument between the pair where she alleged he slapped her had arisen after he had discovered proof of her infidelity.
Before ringing the police, she told him she would “destroy his life.”
JU denied hurting his partner and said instead that she had used “different forms of violence and psychological abuse” towards him.
She was involved with gangs and more than once had called a gang associate to get JU injured.
She had also sold many of his possessions and registered a car, which JU was looking after for a friend, in her own name.
The friend had since lodged a police complaint.
JU produced a raft of character references to support his appeal.
He also submitted print-outs of “malicious” messages sent by his ex to his employer and an article reporting her previous offending.
The ex-boyfriend said he had been “caught up in a difficult and unruly relationship and remained in it against his better judgement”.
JU pleaded that being deported would bring shame upon his family and he would rather kill himself than be sent home in “disgrace.”
The tribunal found JU to be “the victim of a malicious New Zealand citizen who has deliberately sought to punish him for leaving the relationship”.
The hearing directed Immigration New Zealand to award him a 12-month work visa, after which he is eligible to apply for residence in the country.