A PEOPLE smuggler who missed public transport for a court hearing has been put behind bars.

Tuesday, 4th June 2019, 2:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th June 2019, 4:13 pm

Gary Giles, 60, of Bishopsridge Close, Bolton, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on videolink from a police station in Runcorn.

The defendant had been jailed in his absence for four and a half years for smuggling four Albanian mem from Spain to Britain via Portsmouth port.

A previous hearing was told he missed a train and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Gary Giles, 60, from Bolton, was jailed at Portsmouth Crown Court for smuggling four Albanian men into Britain via Portsmouth port. Picture: Home Office

When Giles was finally brought before the court on Friday he was told his sentence – and his lawyer clarified he missed a bus, not a train.