THE wife of freed pirate hunter Billy Irving has told of their joy as they look forward to a new addition to the family.

Yvonne has announced the couple are expecting their second child, just six months after Billy – one of the so-called ‘Chennai Six’ – was freed from a prison cell in India.

Billy, 37, missed the birth of their first son William, now aged three, as he was locked up on the other side of the world.

Posting her news on Facebook, 29-year-old Yvonne wrote: “It’s the happy ending everyone wanted to hear.

“The Irving clan is growing! #happiness #love #baby.”

Billy was the first of the Chennai Six to return to the UK, more than four years after the group of former British soldiers were jailed in India on weapons charges.

He and five other British men had been guards on a ship combating piracy in the Indian Ocean but they were caged in October 2013 after being charged with carrying unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

After years of campaigning, Billy – along with colleagues Nick Dunn, John Armstrong, Nicholas Simpson, Ray Tindall and Paul Towers – won an appeal against their convictions and were given permission to leave India.

Billy arrived back in Scotland in December and the couple now live in Paisley, just a few miles from Yvonne’s home village of Neilston.

Yvonne, who took her campaign for justice all the way to Downing Street, tied the knot with Billy at St Peter’s Church, in Paisley, in March.

She described her wedding as the day she finally got her “happy ever after.”

Yvonne added: “I can honestly say it was the best day of my life.

“Everyone helped make my dreams come true – no-one more so than Billy himself.

“I’d do anything for him and he really will do anything for me and William.”