January 22nd local time, the Central Criminal Court in London, England, sentenced four accomplices to the Essex truck massacre in prison for 13 years, 4 months and 27 years.
On October 23, 2019, British police found the bodies of 39 people in a container truck in an industrial park in Essex County, southeast England.
It was confirmed that all the victims were Vietnamese citizens.
According to the judgment of the Central Criminal Court in London, the four people involved in the tragedy belong to the same people smuggling criminal gang.
Among them, Ronan Hughes, the 41-year-old owner of the Irish freight company, was convicted of providing transportation, 39 counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison;
Georgi Nika, a 43-year-old truck repairman from Romania, was convicted of recruiting drivers, 39 counts of manslaughter and smuggling people and sentenced to prison 2 7 years; 24-year-old truck driver from Northern Ireland, Eamonn Harrison, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for transporting containers on the mainland of
Europe; Maurice Robinson, a 26-year-old truck driver from Northern Ireland, was also responsible for the transshipment of containers into the United Kingdom. He had previously pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to prison.
13 years and 4 months.
Justice Nigel Sweeney of the Central Criminal Court said that Hughes and Nika were the masterminds of this criminal group of population smuggling, which has long used the English Channel to smuggle illegal immigrants for huge profits.
He said that the police suspected that the group’s biggest mastermind was a Vietnamese living in London, who has not yet been brought to justice.