Shrimp noodles hides illegals

Posted: February 5, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieA French local councillor and her son have been jailed for helping to smuggle 16 Vietnamese immigrants into the UK.

Christiane Chocat, 51, of Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux, France, admitted hiding the group in a vehicle which arrived at Portsmouth on a ferry in October 2009. Her son Benjamin, 20, of Choisy-Le-Roi, France, pleaded guilty to the same offence last month.

IlieThey were sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to only three years and five years respectively.

The Vietnamese immigrants were brought into the UK in a hired van on the Normandy Express ferry from Cherbourg.
The 13 men and three women were found hidden behind boxes of shrimp noodles.

The UK Border Agency found three holes drilled in the side of the van for the group to breathe while they had only been left sugar for them to eat. All were detained by Hampshire Constabulary and the UK Border Agency and returned to France the same evening.

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