Essex

Polish lorry drivers sentenced for immigration offences

23/03/2016

Four Polish lorry drivers have today each been sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to smuggling 68 illegal immigrants into the UK.

Paul Scothern the senior lawyer in CPS East of England Complex Casework Unit said: "This was a case where Dariusz Mokrogulski, Dariusz Drozdz, Grzegoez Czechowski and Radoslaw Cwikla deliberately planned the illegal entry into the port of Harwich of 68 people concealed in their lorries.

"Among those found in the lorries were Afghan, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian nationals, including 15 children and two pregnant women.

"At first the drivers denied any knowledge of loading or transporting the immigrants but we presented a strong and compelling case against each of them with the result that they pleaded guilty on their first appearance at court.

"The CPS is committed to prosecuting people traffickers and also to stop them profiting from their illegal business. We will be seeking the confiscation and forfeiture of the lorries owned by the defendants which were an essential tool used to commit this crime."

The four men admitted a charge that between 1 May 2015 and 4 June 2015 they conspired together and with others unknown to facilitate the illegal entry of non-European citizens into the United Kingdom in contravention of section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971.