4 Nigerian stowaways jailed in UK for hurling faeces at sailors and vowing to infect them with HIV (photos)

Four Nigerian stowaways have been jailed for a total of seven years after hurling faeces at elite SBS sailors and vowing to infect them with HIV during a tense stand-off in the Thames Estuary.
Four Nigerian stowaways jailed in UK for hurling faeces at sailors and vowing to infect them with HIV
The stowaways also threatened to kill crew members and armed themselves with metal poles when they broke free from quarantine on the 78,000-tonne Italian merchant ship on 21 December 2018 and said they would steer it to the UK.

Helicopters with specialist sailors were sent to rescue the Grande Tema's crew and arrest the men while the ship floated off the Essex coast. 

Samuel Jolumi, 27, Ishola Sunday, 28, Toheeb Popoola, 27, and Joberto McGee, 21, were all found guilty of affray after an eight-week trial in the Old Bailey. Popoola and McGee were also found guilty of making threats to kill.they were cleared of attempting to hijack the ship. 
The group was found by the captain days after the vessel set sail from Lagos, Nigeria, and placed in quarantine before they mutinied five days later.

Upon being arrested, they were charged with hijacking and affray, a UK offense consisting of using or threatening to use unlawful violence. They were however cleared of the hijacking charge and convicted of affray during trial. 

 While McGee, accused of being the ringleader received a jail sentence of 32 months, Popoola was sentenced to 31 months. Sunday and Jolumi received sentences of 16 months each. The convicts might serve half of their sentences behind bars and may be detained for deportation proceedings.


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