Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Ulster human trafficking cousins face jail for smuggling Albanians across English Channel

Alistair Kerr  leaves Canterbury Court hiding his face.
Alistair Kerr leaves Canterbury Court hiding his face.
Christopher Kerr who has decided to stay in custody rather than come back home
Christopher Kerr who has decided to stay in custody rather than come back home

These are the cousins from the Glens of Antrim who Sunday Life can today expose as human traffickers.

Their names are Alistair Kerr and Christopher Kerr, and they tried to smuggle four Albanians across the English channel during the summer.

UK Border Agency officials swooped on the criminal pair on July 19 as they attempted to board a shuttle on the French side of the Channel Tunnel at Coquelles.

Security officials found four men concealed in their Ford van.

They were arrested, charged and hauled before the English courts.

Last week at Canterbury Crown Court in Kent the pair entered guilty pleas to facilitating human trafficking.

Alistair Kerr of Carn Neil Park, Waterfoot, was released on continuing bail while his cousin Christopher Kerr, from Benvore Park in Cargan, revoked his own bail, opting to be remanded into custody.

“He just wants to get it over and done with and feels its a waste of time going back to Northern Ireland,” a defence solicitor for Christopher Kerr told the court.

Camera-shy Alistair refused to leave the grounds of the court until our photographer removed himself from the area.

But Sunday Life, the only local newspaper present, still managed to snap the former plumber making a swift exit.

It is not yet known for what purpose the Kerrs’ victims were

being trafficked but further details are expected at their sentencing hearing.

All four victims were males aged between 21 and 30 years — and all have now been removed from the UK. Alistair and Christopher Kerr will both be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on October 25.

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