Refugee Abdul Rahman Haroun Who Walked Channel Tunnel Given Nine-Month Prison Sentence

A number of people have died attempting the journey.

22/06/2016 18:13

A refugee who walked all the way to Britain through the Channel Tunnel has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Abdul Rahman Haroun, from Sudan, was caught near the end of the 31-mile tunnel in Folkestone.

The 40-year-old was arrested at the English end of the tunnel for obstructing a railway.

Trains travel up to 99 miles per hour along the line.

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Abdul Rahman Haroun walked almost all the way through the Channel Tunnel

Haroun’s actions caused up to four hours of delays on the line, prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said, according to Sky News.

Haroun was due to go on trial but changed his plea to guilty.

He was handed a nine-month sentence but walked free from court due to time already served, the BBC reported.

Haroun was granted asylum at the end of last year after being recognised as a refugee.

He ended up making his perilous crossing after travelling via Libya, Italy and Calais.

Sky News reported that the judge acknowledged Haroun had been in a “state of desperation”.

But she added: "The reason why the courts of the United Kingdom take such a serious view of this criminality is that those who enter in this way seek to evade the authorities, who can, therefore, have no check upon who is entering the country.

"In the world in which we live of international crime and terrorism that is a very serious matter."

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