A mother-of-four broke down in tears today as she was found guilty of trying to smuggle people from France into Kent.
Katy Bethel, from Gillingham, and her boyfriend Aaron Harris were stopped by Border Control officers at Eurotunnel in France. In the back of a hired van, officials found twelve Vietnamese nationals - including some children - crammed into tyres.
Police said the pair gave no thought to the safety of their human cargo.
The judge warned Katy Bethel she faces a long spell in prison.
Tom Savvides reports.
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