Raymond Angelo Manuel and Thi Ngoc Bich Nguyen were both jailed for two years
Raymond Angelo Manuel, 29, and Thi Ngoc Bich Nguyen, 28, told British border officials they had been on a day trip to Calais as a belated Mothers’ Day treat for Nguyen when they were stopped on their way back to the UK in March 2015.
The pair, both from north London, but officials refused to believe them and stopped them boarding the Eurotunnel train bound for London.
When they searched the Audi hire car they found two illegal immigrants curled up in the boot.
Manuel had specifically asked for a car with a big boot when hiring the car
British border officials did not believe that they had just been on a day trip to Calais
Manuel and Nguyen, both from North London, were arrested and later charged with assisting unlawful immigration into the UK.
Manuel and Nguyen went to Calais with one primary objective and that was to fill their hire car's boot not with shopping, but with people
Enquiries with the car rental firm revealed that Manuel had specifically asked for a car with a big boot.
After a trial at Canterbury Crown Court Nguyen was found guilty of the attempted facilitation by a jury on March 16.
Manuel had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
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At a sentencing hearing last Friday, Manuel was jailed for two years and 114 days and Nguyen for two years.
David Fairclough, Assistant Director of the Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations team, said: “Despite their claims, this was not a Mother's Day treat, it was a criminal enterprise. Manuel and Nguyen went to Calais with one primary objective and that was to fill their hire car's boot not with shopping, but with people.
“The sentences handed out should serve as a warning to anyone tempted to get involved with this kind of criminality. We will catch you, and put you before the courts.
“We will continue to work closely with Border Force colleagues to rigorously investigate allegations of immigration related criminality.”
The Albanians found in the vehicle's boot were passed to the French authorities.