A truck driver who smuggled migrants into the UK has been sentenced to four years in prison.
A people trafficker was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for smuggling ten migrants into the UK under the floor of his car transporter. It comes as those transporting immigrants across the English Channel have been warned that they may suffer the same fate.
Alexandru-Gabriel Tirisca, a Romanian, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on Friday after ten Albanians were discovered in a perilous improvised refuge in his transporter trailer. It came after Laszlo Pek, a 66-year-old Hungarian, was sentenced to more than two years in prison last week after being found attempting to sneak an Albanian man into the nation in the cab of his truck.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has been seeking to ramp up measures to stem the flow of illegal migrants crossing the Channel in small boats, which has recently reached record levels.
“The sentences handed down last week are the result of hard work and devotion from Border Force and Immigration Enforcement officers to secure the UK’s borders and prosecute anyone who would seek to smuggle people into the country,” said Immigration Enforcement Director Tony Erne.
“Everyone engaged in these cases should be proud of their work, especially the officers who discovered and saved the people in the back of Tirisca’s trailer.
“Small boats crossing the Channel may be what the public sees on the news right now, but it doesn’t imply other attempts to enter the nation have ceased, and we stay vigilant to keep the border safe.
“The prison sentences meted out are also a testament to that commitment and send a clear message to anyone considering attempting to smuggle people into the country that we remain vigilant and prepared.” Tirisca’s attempts were especially dangerous because the small void in the trailer holding the immigrants was bolted shut, preventing escape and severely restricting air flow.
Tirisca also had no way of knowing if anyone had gotten into problems in the crowded, unsafe conditions.
Pek said that the individual he sought to bring into the nation threatened him and that he committed the crime under duress.
Officers were able to prove that Pek had multiple opportunity to tell authorities of the Albanian’s presence but chose not to.
Both guys entered guilty pleas.