Mercy Baguma's son and his father granted UK asylum

One-year-old Adriel was found with his mother’s body in their Glasgow flat in August

The son of Mercy Baguma, who was found in a distressed state next to his mother after she died in her Glasgow flat in August, has been granted asylum along with his father, who is now the boy’s sole carer.

Baguma’s death caused a national outcry as it emerged that the Ugandan, who had applied for asylum in the UK and was not able to work at the time of her death, had struggled to provide for herself and her baby during lockdown.

The charity Positive Action in Housing, which has supported one-year-old Adriel and his father, Eric Nnanna, in recent months, released a statement on Friday afternoon confirming that the pair had now been granted asylum in the UK.

The statement said: “Thank you to PM Boris Johnson for agreeing to intervene in the family’s case. Also to David Linden MP, Fraser Latta and Hannah Cosgrove of Latta & Co who raised the family’s case following the tragic death of Adriel’s mother, Mercy Baguma.”

Last month Johnson agreed to intervene in the case after he was pressed by the Scottish National party MP David Linden at prime minister’s questions to arrange an urgent meeting with the home secretary to resolve Nnanna’s pending asylum application.

Postmortem results confirmed that Beguma’s death resulted from alcohol poisoning and ketoacidosis, which causes symptoms including vomiting, weakness and rapid breathing. It stressed there was no history of alcohol abuse.

In early September, Nnanna spoke to the Glasgow Times about his relationship with the “charming and lovely” Baguma, whom he met in 2017. Nnanna is originally from Nigeria. They both first came to Scotland as students.

Nnanna revealed that Baguma’s ambition was to join Police Scotland, and the couple and their son had attended an open day at the Scottish police college at Tulliallan Castle in January.


Libby Brooks

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Boris Johnson agrees to help father of Mercy Baguma's child stay in UK
PM pressed to help resolve asylum application for child’s father, who is now the boy’s sole carer

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

09, Sep, 2020 @4:56 PM

Article image
Mercy Baguma: appeal to pay funeral costs as calls for inquiry grow
Fundraiser for woman found dead next to baby in Glasgow flat almost triples its target

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

26, Aug, 2020 @12:18 PM

Article image
'She was a rainbow': Friends paint fuller picture of Mercy Baguma
After outrage at her death in Glasgow, people who knew her recall her vibrant spirit and devotion to her son

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

28, Aug, 2020 @12:18 PM

Article image
Glasgow faces homeless crisis with asylum seeker evictions
With temperatures plunging, night shelters scramble to deal with fallout after court ruled to allow ‘lock-change evictions’

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

27, Nov, 2019 @2:54 PM

Article image
Halt 'inhumane' Glasgow asylum seeker evictions, Serco urged
Housing provider is expected to enter first premises and change locks in next few days

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

09, Jul, 2019 @5:13 PM

Article image
Glasgow asylum-seeker evictions begin amid warning of homelessness crisis
Scottish Refugee Council concerned that contractor Serco is targeting most vulnerable refugees first

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

26, Jul, 2019 @8:53 AM

Article image
Sajid Javid urged to halt Serco eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers
City council and MPs demand help for more than 300 people who have been told they cannot stay in Britain

Karen McVeigh

30, Jul, 2018 @5:29 PM

Article image
Serco's evictions of refused asylum seekers lawful, judges rule
Campaigners say Scottish court’s decision has serious human rights implications

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

13, Nov, 2019 @2:44 PM

Article image
UK and Scottish ministers hold talks over Glasgow asylum evictions
Home Office contractor Serco has threatened to change the locks on over-stayers

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

08, Aug, 2018 @11:16 AM

Article image
Hundreds of Glasgow asylum seekers still in 'untenable' hotel accommodation
Home Office called on to act a month after man stabbed six people at city centre hotel

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

26, Jul, 2020 @12:42 PM