Death Truck: The court sentenced the deaths of 39 migrants in Britain

According to the DPA and AFP, the 43-year-old Romanian, who according to the indictment, organized the journey of migrants in a refrigerated container to Britain: Gheorghe Nica is to serve 27 years in prison. The court sent the second maximum sentence to the British carrier Ronan Hughes, who is to spend 20 years behind bars.

Eamonn Harrison, 24, who drove a truck with a refrigerated container attached for part of the journey, and Maurice Robinson, 26, who drove the truck to Britain, also received long prison sentences. Harrison was sentenced to 18 years in prison, 13 to Robinson for four months.

The judge stipulated that all four convicts would have to serve at least two-thirds of their sentences in prison instead of the usual half.

The bodies of 39 people were found on October 23, 2019 in a container with a tractor parked in the industrial zone of Grays near London. The container arrived in England from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. The oldest of the victims was 44 years old, the two youngest boys 15 years old. Among the dead were 31 men and eight women.

According to investigators, the Vietnamese died due to a combination of lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space. According to experts, the temperature inside the container reached up to 38.5 degrees Celsius. In addition, there were allegedly bloody footprints in the car of the victims trying to get out of the terrible hell. Migrants who wanted to get from Vietnam to Britain each had to pay up to CZK 380,000 for the trip. One of the tragically deceased young girls wrote touching messages to her mother before she died.

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A Vietnamese court convicted seven people in facilitating illegal migration in mid-September last year. Men aged 26 to 36 heard suspended and unconditional sentences ranging from two and a half to seven and a half years in prison.

The deaths of 39 Vietnamese have attracted a great deal of attention, highlighting, among other things, the circumstances in which smugglers transport migrants from Africa and Asia to Britain.

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