London (AP) – About two and a half years after the painful suffocation death of 39 Vietnamese smuggled in a truck en route to Britain, another person involved has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.
The verdict against the 28-year-old Romanian was handed down on Monday by a London court. It was supposed to take the migrants to London, but they were already dead. The Vietnamese had previously arrived in a sealed truck by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet in England.
The man wanted to collect 1000 pounds
For the October 2019 order, the man wanted to charge 1,000 pounds (almost 1,200 euros). He admitted in court that he had previously been involved in people smuggling on several occasions, the British PA news agency reported. After an accomplice discovered the bodies, the man initially fled the country. He was later arrested in Italy near Milan and transferred to Britain.
Four men were sentenced to long prison terms in January in connection with the case. The two leaders of the smuggling gang received sentences of 27 and 20 years in prison, respectively. The truck driver was sentenced to 13 years and four months in prison, and a fourth man was sentenced to 18 years.