A Young Asylum Seeker Jailed Two Days After Arriving In The UK

A young asylum seeker who claimed he was forced to pilot a boat carrying 45 people across the Channel was jailed just two days after arriving in the UK.

Ibrahim Al Amin, 20, said he was fleeing persecution from a tribe in Sudan to find refuge in Britain, but was instead arrested for assisting unlawful entry into the country under new powers designed to target smugglers.

Last June saw anyone caught piloting a boat carrying migrants across the Channel facing life behind bars as part of a move to increase sentences and deter refugees from trying to cross the dangerous shipping lanes.