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.
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”.