After six years in solitary confinement, Nick Baker has finally won his battle to be transferred to a British jail. The 36-year-old was convicted in 2003 of trying to smuggle £1.4 million of cocaine and ecstasy through Japan's Narita Airport and jailed for 14 years.
Ever since, he and mum, Iris Baker, have been battling to both overturn the conviction, or at the very least, have him transferred to a UK prison to serve his sentence.
Now finally, the harsh Japanese prison regime is behind him as he has returned to the UK following an agreement with the Japanese embassy and will serve the remainder of his sentence, now reduced to 11 years, in Wandsworth prison.
His weight has dropped from 15 stone to under nine stone and he has lost all of his muscle, along with several toenails after suffering frostbite every year.
Iris, of St Michael's Road, Cirencester, is delighted her son is back in the UK after years of campaigning for his human rights.
Describing Japanese prison conditions as barbaric, she said it was only since he returned to the UK that she had been able to talk to him about his horrifying ordeal.
"The Japanese justice system is corrupt and barbaric," she said. "Of course people have to be punished but Nick spent most of the six years in solitary confinement. He is less than half the person he was."
While in prison, Baker was only allowed to speak for 10 minutes a day and was separated from other English-speaking prisoners.
"I have been through a lot but he has lost everything," she added. "For whatever he has done, he has paid the ultimate price."
He told his mother he saw big, strong men crumble under the harsh prison system.
The last six years have been hard for both Baker, a former choir boy at Cirencester Parish Church, and his mum but out of the nightmare, they have both gained huge support from local residents.
When he left the Japanese prison, Baker was handed over 200 letters which the prison guards had kept from him.
Iris said: "Nick is worried when he comes back that he will be singled out but he has so many people who have supported him. Without their support, I would never have got through this and neither would Nick."
Baker has always protested his innocence and claimed he was set up by traveling companion James Prunier, who later committed suicide while being investigated for similar charges in Belgium.
Iris, who helps at a Stroud workshop for troubled teenagers, said: "Hopefully youngsters will read about this and be more aware. Nick ruined his life because of a moment of stupidity.
"This could happen to anybody. Mainly it is youngsters who do it because they are gullible."© Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard