Men involved in death of 39 Vietnamese nationals jailed for 92 years in biggest case in Essex Police history


Seven men have been sentenced to a total of more than 92 years in prison following an investigation into the tragic deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals in October 2019.


The men appeared at the Old Bailey in front of his Hon. Mr Justice Sweeney last month. The men had worked together to smuggle people illegally into the UK, with some receiving high payment for their services, across three dates in October 2019.


The investigation was the biggest in the history of Essex Police and caused upset and outrage around the world due to the shocking nature of the death of 39 victims.



Chief Constable of Essex Police, Ben-Julian Harrington, said his officers who attended the scene that morning ‘will never forget what they saw in that trailer.’


‘Every person in that trailer had left behind a family. They had been promised safe passage to our shores and they were lied to. They were left to die, all because of the greed of the men who have been sentenced,’ he said.  


Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: ‘May this serve as a warning to those who think it’s okay to prey on the vulnerabilities of migrants and their families, transporting them in a way worse than we would transport animals. My message to you is that we will find you and we will stop you.’

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