Smuggler ordered 39 migrant bereaved families to pay £ 3,000


Family handouts without dates (left to top right line) Dinh Dinh Binh, Nguyen Minh Quang, Nguyen Huy Phong, Le Van Ha, Nguyen Van Hiep, Bui Phan Thang, Nguyen Van Hung, Nguyen Huy Hung, Nguyen Tien Dung, Pham Thi Tra My, (second column from left to right) Tran Khanh Tho, Nguyen Van Nhan, Vo Ngoc Nam, Vo Van Linh, Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, Vo Nhan Du, Tran Hai Loc, Tran Manh Hung, Nguyen Thi Van , Bui Thi Nhung, (3rd line from left to right) Hoang Van Tiep, Tran Thi Ngoc, Phan Thi Thanh, Tran Thi Tho, Duong Minh Tuan, Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, Tran Thi Mai Nhung, Le Trong Thanh, Nguyen Ngoc Ha , Hoang Van Hoi, (bottom left to right) Tran Ngoc Hieu, Cao Tien Dung, Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, Dang Huu Tuyen, Nguyen Dinh Luong, Cao Huy Thanh, Nguyen Trong Thai, Nguyen Tho Tuan, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 39 people Vietnamese immigrants between 15 and 44 found dead behind the trailer of Essex on October 23, 2019. (Essex Police via PA)

Members of a gang smuggling 39 Vietnamese men, women and children related to their deaths have been ordered to pay £ 3,000 ($ 4,126) to their bereaved families.

Old Bailey said victims, including two 15-year-olds, wanted a better life in the UK when they agreed to pay up to £ 13,000 ($ 17,888) per person for “VIP” smuggling services. I was listening.

On October 22, 2019, it was packed in a lorry container that was shipped from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Peir Fleet, Essex, England, in total darkness and sultry conditions.

The illegal immigrant was suffocated on the way and was found dead early the next morning by truck driver Maurice Robinson, who collected trailers from the dock.

In January, four of the smugglers were imprisoned for manslaughter between 13 and 27 years.

Others associated with lucrative illegal activity received fewer judgments.

Romanian Alexander-Obidiu Hanga, 29, who lives on Hobert Road in Essex, was imprisoned for three years after admitting that he had colluded to support illegal immigrants between May 2018 and October 2019. I did.

He gathered many illegal immigrants from Essex’s drop-off point and drove them to a safe home in Dulwich, southeast London, weeks before the tragedy.

Judge Sweeney said in a ruling that he was involved only because Hanga showed “genuine remorse” and felt “watched over” by boss George Nika, who was not the one to say “no.” It was.

At an confiscation hearing in Old Bailey on Friday, courts were told that Hanga had benefited from his “criminal lifestyle” totaling £ 83,552 ($ 115,000).

However, prosecutor Jonathan Polney said the amount available was only £ 3,000.

He applied to be confiscated under the Criminal Proceeds Act and used to pay funeral expenses and compensation to the families of survivor victims.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC has agreed to the order in relation to other defendants and has set a date for further hearing later this year.

In January, Craigavon ​​truck driver Robinson, 26, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted to smuggle people, was sentenced to 13 years and 4 months in prison.

His boss, Armor Ronan Hughes, 41, also admitted to prosecution and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Nika, 43, a criminal partner in Hughes in Basildon, Essex, was convicted of the same charges and was handed over to prison 27 years later.

Eamonn Harrison, a 24-year-old counter in County Down, who gathered victims on the continent, was detained for 18 years on manslaughter.

Armagh’s fellow driver Christopher Kennedy, 24, was imprisoned for seven years for his role in the smuggling operation of the wider population.

Some of the defendants appeared in court via a video link from Belmarsh Prison for a confiscation trial.

Kennedy’s lawyer, James Scoby QC, said his client was “basically a farm boy driving in the field.”

In his case, the court question was where his money came from.

Having no receipt, Kennedy would have to provide proof that “these are legitimate income from him who has been working since the age of 17,” Scoby said.

In the case of Robinson, the court heard that there were “exceptional situations” that allowed confiscation proceedings, despite the long elapsed time.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.