- Watch: How Robert Rooney tried to pretend he didn't know the three Vietnamese nationals were in his roof box
A man has been jailed for three years for trying to smuggle three Vietnamese nationals in a roof box to Kent.
Robert Rooney allowed the two men and a 15-year-old girl to cram inside the air-tight container on October 5th 2018 in a calculated and planned operation.
He was stopped by the Border Force at Coquelles near Calais as he was about to drive onto the Eurotunnel bound for Folkestone.
Rooney claimed he was in France visiting his brother on a fishing trip and initially denied any knowledge of having the three nationals on top of his car, telling officials he didn't have a key for the roof box.
Upon further investigation, the three people from Vietnam were discovered with the Home Office warning they could've died if they had made the crossing.