Yachting Boating World: Stephen Jackson, who has been jailed for trafficking illegal immigrants to Britain, will serve out his sentence before being extradited over Lisa Brown’s disappearance.

 

1 August Stephen Jackson, who has been questioned over the disappearance of Lisa Brown, has been jailed for people smuggling.

The 51-year-old yachtsman has now started a four year, nine month jail term for trying to smuggle 17 Albanians into the UK. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge.

Jackson, who is from West Wittering, West Sussex, was caught in May after Sussex Police boarded his catamaran in Chichester Marina.

A European arrest warrant had been issued for Jackson in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of 32-year-old Scot Lisa Brown.

The authorities were caught by surprise when they also discovered 17 immigrants on board the catamaran.

In interviews, he admitted to smuggling the men into the UK in exchange for the catamaran.

Jackson is believed to be close friends with Lisa’s ex-boyfriend Simon Corner, who has also been arrested in connection with the mother-of-one’s disappearance.

The 51-year-old will not be extradited to Spain until he has served out his prison sentence.

Lisa Brown was last seen on 4 November at her home in San Roque, Southern Spain.

Speaking following Jackson’s sentence, David Fairclough, who leads the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement team, said that the 51-year-old yachtsman was “at the centre”  of an organised people smuggling gang.

“I hope this case serves as a warning to anyone tempted to get involved with this kind of crime,” he said.

“Working closely with Border Force colleagues we will identify the criminals behind illegal entry attempts and they will be jailed,” stressed Fairclough.

He added that Jackson was “seeking to profit from the desperation of others to reach the UK”.

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Practical Boat Owner: A murder suspect has appeared in court after being arrested along with 17 suspected Albanian migrants, after a catamaran was detained at Chichester Marina.

 

Stephen Andrew Jackson, 50, who was being sought over a killing in Spain, was held after police were alerted to the catamaran arriving at Chichester Marina on Monday night.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Stephen Andrew Jackson, 50, of no fixed address, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court yesterday, Wednesday 25 May, charged with facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

‘He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on 24 June.

‘The extradition matter in relation to the European Arrest Warrant from the Spanish authorities will be dealt with following the conclusion of legal proceedings in relation to the facilitation charge.

‘Nine of the Albanian men appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court yesterday charged with attempted illegal entry into the UK. All nine pleaded guilty.

‘Eight were sentenced to eight weeks in prison and one was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. They will all be removed from the UK at the end of their sentences.

‘The other eight Albanian men remain detained pending their removal from the UK.

‘The catamaran has been seized and a court application has been made for its forfeiture. The application will be heard at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.’

The discovery comes after the National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed last month that migrants trying to reach the UK are paying smuggling gangs up to £13,500 for their journey, some are believed to have spent as much as £12,000 to travel from France in inflatable boats.

Investigators suspect that, as well as the main Channel crossing between Calais and Dover, criminals may be using less busy ports in the UK, including Tilbury, Purfleet, Hull, Immingham and Newhaven.

The arrests followed a tip off by the Hampshire Police Marine Unit, who were attending another incident in the Solent on Monday afternoon when they spotted the catamaran that they had suspicions about.

Officers intercepted the vessel, which had travelled from France, and spoke to the British man on board but were unable to board due to the poor weather conditions.

They found out that the catamaran was heading to Chichester Harbour and informed Sussex Police.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Police arrested a 55-year-old man – a UK passport holder – and 17 Albanian nationals aboard a yacht at Chichester Marina shortly before 10pm on Monday (23 May).

‘The arrests were made by Sussex Police after Hampshire Police alerted us about the yacht arriving at the marina. The case is now being investigated by the Home Office Immigration Enforcement.’

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Yachting Boating World: The former boyfriend of Lisa Brown has appeared in a Spanish court after being arrested in Denmark. Lisa Brown has not been seen since 4 November.

 

25 May
Lisa Brown was last seen on 4 November at her home in San Roque, Southern Spain.

Now, her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old Liverpudlian yacht dealer, Simon Corner has appeared in court in connection with her disappearance. The reason for the court hearing, which took place in private on 24 May, has not been disclosed.

Corner was arrested in Denmark in April before being extradited back to Spain. A European Arrest Warrant had been issued for Corner.

Members of the Spanish Guardia Civil have also been searching a yacht in Lanzarote. The vessel is moored at Marina Lanzarote in the island capital Arrecife. Forensic teams in white suits are reported to have been on board the yacht on 24 May.

Lisa Brown, who is originally from Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, was last seen at her home in the town of San Roque. The authorities were alerted to her disappearance when she failed to pick up her eight-year-old son from school.

Police have searched the area around her home but have found no trace of the 32-year-old mother.

Yacht dealer Corner spoke to Spain’s Civil Guard police force at the time of Lisa’s disappearance, but then left the country.

14 April
The Spanish Guardia Civil is understood to have issued a European Arrest Warrant to trace Simon Corner, who has links to Ibiza, Thailand and Portugal. His girlfriend, Lisa Brown disappeared in southern Spain on 4 November.

She was last seen at her home in the town of San Roque. The authorities were alerted to her disappearance when she failed to pick up her eight-year-old son from school.

Police have searched the area around her home but have found no trace of the 32-year-old mother.

Yacht dealer Corner, who is from Liverpool, spoke to Spain’s Civil Guard police force at the time of Lisa’s disappearance, but then left the country. He has not been seen since.

Brown’s sister, Helen Jordan has set up a Find Lisa Facebook page and a Find Lisa Fund to help pay for the cost of tracing Brown. More than £6,800 has already been raised.

Posting on the Facebook page, Jordan urged Corner to answer their questions about her sister’s disappearance. Numerous photos of Corner have also been uploaded, including the one below. Corner has not been formally charged with any crime.

26 November
Spanish police are searching for a yacht dealer from Liverpool as a suspect in the disappearance 32-year old mother Lisa Brown.

Brown was last seen at her home in southern Spain, near Gibraltar, on 4 November.

Brown was first suspected missing when she failed to pick up her eight-year-old son from school in the town of San Roque, where she was living and working.

Spain’s Civil Guard police force, which is investigating the case, believes Brown may have been abducted by her boyfriend, Simon Corner, and taken to sea. Corner has also reportedly disappeared, and has not been seen at the marinas he regularly visited in his yacht.

Brown’s home has been sealed off and searched for clues and DNA samples. Dogs and divers have searched the area and the Guadiaro River near Brown’s home and found no trace, and the Civil Guard has enlisted the help of the Royal Gibraltar Police in their search for the missing couple.

Brown’s parents have travelled to Spain, and Brown’s former partner, Tony Tomillero, is looking after their child.

Brown is understood to have lived in Dumbarton, Scotland, before moving to Spain.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that it is liaising with local authorities and providing assistance to the family of a missing British national.

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