Driver of frozen illegal immigrants jailed

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Law & Disorder

IlieRedas Rauckis, 23, who is from Lithuania, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday, after pleading guilty to one charge of facilitating the unlawful entry or transit of sixteen Albanian illegal immigrants.

His lorry was stopped in the early hours of Friday, May 20, at the freight control at Coquelles in France and examined. Inside, and amongst the load of frozen desserts, stored at -23° centigrade, were the 16 illegal immigrants.

In sentencing Rauckis to four years, Judge Nigel van der Bijl said no-one had been injured but the immigrants were at risk of hypothermia because of the low temperature. Surely the driver should be sentenced for trafficking not how cold the wanna-be illegals were.

Detective Inspector Eddie Fox, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit at the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, was also more concerned with the well being of the illegals than the serious crime of trafficking which undermines the infrastructure of this country and costs the taxpayers £billions, he said: “Despite the fact that the trailer was unlocked the doors could not be opened from the inside so the Albanians travelling inside were trapped in extreme danger in a freezer.

“The outcome could have been very different for all involved if Rauckis and his lorry had not been stopped that night, and I welcome the fact that he has been given a custodial sentence and time to think about what he has done”.

The driver is probably more likely thinking about staying here and how he can get a British passport after he is let out in about two years time.

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