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Christian thrown off university course launches Court of Appeal challenge

A devout Christian who was thrown off a Sheffield University social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about homosexuals and bisexuals on a Facebook page has begun the latest round of a legal battle.

Felix Ngole, 40, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, who says he was expressing a traditional Christian view and complained that university bosses unfairly stopped him completing a postgraduate degree, has already lost a fight in the High Court.

In October 2017, Deputy High Court Judge Rowena Collins Rice ruled that university bosses had acted within the law following a High Court trial in London.

Mr Ngole has now asked Court of Appeal judges to consider the case.

Three appeal judges began analysing Mr Ngole’s challenge to Judge Collins Rice’s decision at a Court of Appeal hearing in London today.

Picture: Felix Ngole arrives at the High Court in London, where he is challenging a ruling that he was lawfully removed from a Sheffield social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about homosexuals and bisexuals on a Facebook page. (Kirsty O’Connor/PA).