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Man accused of killing Montrealer with a machete returns to U.K.

He was the third man in Quebec to have murder charges dropped following the Supreme Court ruling, known as the Jordan ruling, concerning unreasonable delays at trial.

Van Son Nguyen, 52, had 2nd-degree murder charge stayed under Jordan ruling

Van Son Nguyen, 52, has returned home to the U.K. after the charge against him was stayed. (Radio-Canada/Geneviève Garon)

Van Son Nguyen, a U.K. citizen, is now back in Britain after a second-degree murder charge against him was stayed under the Jordan ruling.

Nguyen, 52, is the third person accused of murder in Quebec to see his charges stayed under the Jordan ruling, a Supreme Court decision that puts time limits on how long it takes for cases to come to trial. 

Nguyen, 52, was arrested in 2013 and accused of killing a Montreal man with a machete. 

His lawyer told CBC's French-language service that he boarded a plane leaving Montreal Thursday night, accompanied by two Immigration Canada officials.

Nguyen entered Canada in 2012 on a six-month tourist visa and was detained for more than four years following his arrest.

While not officially deported, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled last month that he would not be allowed to stay in Canada.

With files from Geneviève Garon

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