Lorry driver jailed for smuggling illegal immigrants into UK

|News, International and organised crime

A lorry driver who smuggled illegal immigrants into the UK in the back of his trailer has been jailed.

Constantin Radut, 39, claimed the 10 Albanian immigrants had climbed into the trailer of his truck without his knowledge.

However, following a trial, a jury at Teesside Crown Court found him guilty of one count of facilitating unlawful immigration. He was jailed for three years today (20 July) at the same court.

Radut, a Romanian national, was arrested on 16 October 2016 at Teesport, near Middlesbrough, after arriving on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Fran Gough from the CPS said: "Constantin Radut exploited his job as a lorry driver to smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK.

“Evidence put forward by the CPS, including text messages from Radut’s phone, demonstrated his involvement in facilitating unlawful entry for others. This evidence refuted his claim that he had no knowledge of the men in his trailer and jury found him guilty.”

Notes to editors

  • Fran Gough is a Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division
  • Constantin Radut (20.9.78) was charged and found guilty of one count of facilitating unlawful immigration to member state, contrary to section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971

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