4 Nigerian ‘pirates making an attempt to get into the UK’ are charged with tried hijacking ‘after they stormed a ship heading by way of the Thames Estuary and smeared faeces on the home windows earlier than being seized by particular forces’

  • Container ship despatched out alert after stowaways had been discovered on board final month
  • 4 Nigerian males have now been charged with making an attempt to hijack the ship
  • They didn’t enter pleas after they appeared in court docket and had been saved in custody 

Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline

4 migrants accused of making an attempt to hijack a container ship heading to Britain have been hit with contemporary prices this morning.

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The 770-foot cargo ship Grande Tema, crusing off the coast of Kent, needed to name in British particular forces in December after stowaways had been found on board.

4 Nigerian males Samuel Jolumi, 26, Ishola Sunday, 27, Toheeb Popoola, 26, and Joberto McGee, 20, had been immediately charged with tried hijacking, having beforehand been accused of affray.

A container ship off the coast of Kent was stormed by particular forces after stowaways had been discovered on board in December

The crew of the ship locked themselves within the bridge after the stowaways apparently broke out of a cabin they had been being held in. 

The stowaways smashed some home windows and smeared faeces others, Southend Magistrates Courtroom was instructed

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A be aware was even handed to the crew which learn mentioned there can be ‘an enormous drawback’ if the ship wasn’t moved nearer to shore so they might swim to England, it’s alleged.

The state of affairs was introduced below management after Particular Boat Squadron crew stormed the ship and arrests had been made.

The 4 males immediately appeared within the dock two at a time with two guards and interpreters – however didn’t enter a plea.

4 males have now appeared in court docket charged with making an attempt to hijack the cargo ship

Prosecutor Lesley Chipps instructed the court docket: ‘The defendants had been stowaways on a vessel, it was a working vessel. 

‘The crew then grew to become conscious of them and so they had been then secured right into a room and supplied meals and many others. 

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‘The allegation is then they then made good their escape from that room. 

‘The captain needed to safe his crew right into a safe room, in order that they had been protected.  They then approached the room with iron bars and made the threats. 

‘The ship was off the port of Tilbury and forces needed to board the ship to get them 

‘At that time they had been totally compliant after they had been taken off the vessel.’ 

The case was transferred to crown court docket. The lads had been remanded in custody.

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