Two British people-smugglers jailed in France

26th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France, Jan 25, 2006 (AFP) - A court in northern France Wednesday jailed two British citizens who had tried to smuggle five Vietnamese through the Channel Tunnel into Britain in a van.

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France, Jan 25, 2006 (AFP) - A court in northern France Wednesday jailed two British citizens who had tried to smuggle five Vietnamese through the Channel Tunnel into Britain in a van.

Lucas Campbell was given 15 months and his companion Chantelle Stewart, accused of failing to help persons in danger, five months.

The prosecution at the trial in the port city of Boulogne-sur-Mer had called for a two-year sentence for Campbell and 12 months for Stewart on the grounds that they had put the lives of their passengers in danger by transporting them in inhumane conditions.

The pair had been picked up on Monday as they were about to enter the tunnel. In their Volkswagen van customs officers found five Vietnamese packed into a concealed space 40 centimetres high, 1.74 metres long and 1.4 metres wide.

Campbell said when he hired the van it had been suggested to him that he smuggle in the would-be illegal immigrants at a price of 200 pounds (EUR 290 euros) a head.

In the northern French port of Dunkirk he had given the keys of the vehicle to a Vietnamese who returned it to him some hours later.

Stewart said the first she knew about the matter was when she met the Vietnamese man in Dunkirk.

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