Essex

Six jailed in South Woodham Ferrers cannabis factory death case

Men sentenced for South Woodham Ferrers burglary
Image caption The men all admitted the two offences when they appeared at court last year

Six men have been jailed following a burglary at a cannabis factory in Essex in which a man died.

The men broke in through a roof and stole 6,000 cannabis plants, worth £2m, from a warehouse in South Woodham Ferrers in December 2010.

Police investigating found the body of Tran Duy Hai, 38, a Vietnamese farmer who had fallen from a skylight.

All six were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday. They admitted burglary and drug supply charges.

Speaking after the hearing, Essex Police said Mr Tran was identified a month after his death through fingerprint records held in Vietnam.

It is thought he entered the UK illegally in or after 2008.

'Dangerous' man wanted

The six men were arrested last summer and each charged with one count of conspiracy to burgle and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis.

Image caption Police used fingerprint records in Vietnam to identify Tran Duy Hai

Nicky Sherman, 27, of Slewins Close in Hornchurch, Essex, was given a five-year prison term.

Anthony Morrison, 21, of Olive Road, Plaistow, Essex, was jailed for four-and-a-half-years

Deco Mohamoud, 26, of Wellington Road in West Ham, east London, was sentenced to three years.

Mohamed Ibrahim, 25, of William Morley Close, Plaistow, was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years.

Daniel Kelleher, 25, of Dartfield, Romford, Essex, was jailed for two years and three months.

Khadar Yusef, 24, of Bridge Road, Stratford, east London, was given two years in prison.

Det Ch Insp Mark Hall described the investigation as "complex and protracted" and urged anyone with information concerning Mr Tran's death to contact police.

Student Abdi Hassan, then 21, of Park Grove, West Ham, was sentenced to three years in prison at Chelmsford Crown Court on 23 December 2010 for burglary in connection with the case.

Officers are still trying to trace Stephen Morrisson, 22, who is described as slim, about 5ft 8in (1.73m), and has connections in Essex and east London.

He has a number of tattoos on his left arm, including one of a baby's face

He is classed as dangerous and should not be approached, police said.

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