kozeeRafiqMohammed Rafiq, the md and owner of the defunct bed manufacturer Hick Lane Bedding, has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking.

He was, last month, found guilty of conspiracy to commission a breach of UK immigration law, employing a large number of Hungarian men as a slave workforce at the Dewsbury, West Yorkshire mattress producer.

The manufacturer — which had sales over £18m in 2013 and supplied a number of large department store and general retailers as well as independents — ceased trading last May.

KPMG, the administrator of Hick Lane Bedding and its parent company Kozee Sleep Beds, made the group’s 180 staff redundant and its properties were subsequently sold.

Rafiq image: PA

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