Original title: four accomplices in British truck tragedy sentenced to 27 years
London, January 22, Xinhua News Agency reported that the Central Criminal Court of London on January 22 sentenced four accomplices in the truck tragedy in Essex County to 13 years, 4 months and 27 years in prison.
On October 23, 2019, British police found 39 bodies in a container truck in an industrial park in Essex, southeast England, and later confirmed that the victims were all Vietnamese citizens.
According to the judgment of the Central Criminal Court in London, the four people involved in the tragedy belong to the same human smuggling gang. Among them, Ronan Hughes, the 41 year old boss of Irish freight company, was found guilty of 39 counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment; Georgi Nika, a 43 year old truck repairman from Romania, was found guilty of 39 counts of manslaughter and human smuggling and sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment; and Emon Harrison, a 24-year-old truck driver from Northern Ireland, was found guilty of 27 years’ imprisonment Morris Robinson, a 26 year old truck driver also from Northern Ireland, was sentenced to 13 years and 4 months in prison after pleading guilty in court for transshipment of containers into the UK.
Nigel Sweeney, a judge of the Central Criminal Court, said Hughes and Nika are the masterminds of the smuggling Gang, which has long used the English channel to smuggle illegal immigrants and make huge profits. He said police suspect that the biggest mastermind of the gang is a Vietnamese living in London, who has not yet been brought to justice.