THE fiancee of a Scottish ex-soldier jailed in India said she thinks about marrying him “every single day” as she took her justice campaign to Number 10.

Loved ones of six ex-soldiers currently in a “hell hole” prison in Chennai handed in a petition demanding the Government do more to secure their release, marking four years since they were first arrested. The six, who a British lawyer says are victims of a miscarriage of justice, have been held for 1461 days in India.

Yvonne MacHugh, from Paisley, the fiancee of Billy Irving, 37, of Oban, a former member of 1 Para, was accompanied in Downing Street by their two-year-old son William, whom he is yet to spend a day at home with. She said William has now been to India three times to visit his father.

MacHugh said the Government’s efforts “aren’t good enough”, adding: “I want them to openly say ‘We know the men are innocent, release them now’. And fight for them.”

The men were first jailed on weapons charges while working as security guards on ships to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.

Indian coastguards boarded their vessel, the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, and arrested them for taking weapons into India’s territorial waters in October 2013.

The charges were initially quashed when the men argued the weapons were lawfully held for anti-piracy purposes and their paperwork, issued by the UK Government, was in order.

But a lower court reinstated the prosecution and they were convicted in January last year and sentenced to five years jail.

Since then there has been a series of appeals as the families navigate the tortuous Indian legal system.