Abbots Langley mum who was 'significant player' in people trafficking ring has sentence appeal thrown out

Watford Observer: Abbots Langley mum who was 'significant player' in people trafficking ring has sentence appeal thrown out Abbots Langley mum who was 'significant player' in people trafficking ring has sentence appeal thrown out

An Abbots Langley mum, who was a "significant player" in an Albanian people trafficking ring, has had an appeal against her jail sentence thrown out.

Tania Cecilia Britton, was jailed for four and a half years at Canterbury Crown Court in November after she was convicted of trying to smuggle two Albanian men through customs.

The 28-year-old, of Chapel Way, was part of a "highly sophisticated" gang involved in smuggling Albanians into the UK in breach of immigration controls, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith told London's Appeal Court.

She was sentenced on the basis of being "more than a mere courier", the court heard.  Although not an organiser she was still a "significant player" in the people-trafficking ring.

The judge told the court that the leader of the gang escaped before facing trial, but was sentenced to 11 years in his absence.

The conspiracy "unravelled" after Britton's car was stopped on the French side of the Channel Tunnel in November 2011.

The judge said: "Two Albanian men were found in the boot of her car.

"Neither of them had legal documents permitting entry to the United Kingdom.

"Britton claimed she had been unaware of the two men in her boot. She said she had travelled to the continent to buy some horses."

The 28 year-old’s case reached the Appeal Court after Britton challenged her sentence, citing her family's compelling personal circumstances as a reason for leniency.

Britton's legal team said her incarceration was having a devastating impact on her three young children, urging the judges to "exercise mercy" in her case.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting with Lord Justice McCombe and Mr Justice Coulson, acknowledged the sentence's "profound effect" on Britton and her family.

However, he ruled that her punishment was "neither wrong in principle nor manifestly excessive".

There was a need for a strong deterrent element in such cases and the judge concluded: "The sentence was stiff but not excessive".

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12:43pm Sun 11 May 14

LocalBoy1 says...

"There was a need for a strong deterrent element in such cases and the judge concluded: "The sentence was stiff but not excessive". I am glad the judge stuck to his guns! Too many people in the UK are breaking the law and then using the entitlement to a family life get out of jail free card.
"There was a need for a strong deterrent element in such cases and the judge concluded: "The sentence was stiff but not excessive". I am glad the judge stuck to his guns! Too many people in the UK are breaking the law and then using the entitlement to a family life get out of jail free card. LocalBoy1
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1:51pm Sun 11 May 14

LSC says...

I'd have given her more for making her children suffer. Any parent that chooses crime as a way of life is potentially guilty of neglect when they go to prison.
I'd have given her more for making her children suffer. Any parent that chooses crime as a way of life is potentially guilty of neglect when they go to prison. LSC
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3:33pm Sun 11 May 14

Nascot says...

Frankly the lawyers who represented her on this should additionally be punished for wasting public money in bringing this appeal.

Does anyone seriously think that people who have children are above the law and can escape Justice. Where next? Sorry your Honour, I did murder him but if you jail me my cat will get upset.
Frankly the lawyers who represented her on this should additionally be punished for wasting public money in bringing this appeal. Does anyone seriously think that people who have children are above the law and can escape Justice. Where next? Sorry your Honour, I did murder him but if you jail me my cat will get upset. Nascot
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9:36am Mon 12 May 14

garston tony says...

LSC wrote:
I'd have given her more for making her children suffer. Any parent that chooses crime as a way of life is potentially guilty of neglect when they go to prison.
I totally agree.

Before I continue I just want to say I dont like seeing children suffering, however we cant have a system that allows people to get away with everything and anything just because they have offspring.

If the children are suffering it is because their parent chose to do something illegal and was thankfully caught. It is the parent who has caused the suffering not the state for punishing them for their crime.

Like I said I dont like the thought of children suffering but if their parents are criminals then they are better off without them as that is not going to be a healthy environment to grow up in
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: I'd have given her more for making her children suffer. Any parent that chooses crime as a way of life is potentially guilty of neglect when they go to prison.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. Before I continue I just want to say I dont like seeing children suffering, however we cant have a system that allows people to get away with everything and anything just because they have offspring. If the children are suffering it is because their parent chose to do something illegal and was thankfully caught. It is the parent who has caused the suffering not the state for punishing them for their crime. Like I said I dont like the thought of children suffering but if their parents are criminals then they are better off without them as that is not going to be a healthy environment to grow up in garston tony
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