28/10/2019

Co Armagh Man Due In Court Over Trailer Deaths

A lorry driver from Northern Ireland is due in court on Monday charged with the manslaughter of 39 people who were found dead in a trailer in Essex last week.

25 year-old Maurice Robinson from Laurelvale, a rural village outside Portadown, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

The Co Armagh man was arrested last Wednesday, 16 October after the bodies of 31 men and eight women were discovered in the back of a refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in Grays, Essex.
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A 46 year-old man from Northern Ireland was also arrested at Stansted Airport on Friday and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.

He has since been released on bail until 13 November, along with a 38 year-old man and a 38 year-old woman from Warrington who were detained in Cheshire.

While Essex Police continue their investigation, work to identify the 39 victims is ongoing. All 39 of the deceased have been transported to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford as police use the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Standards.

It's understood Mr Robinson will appear in court via video link.



(JG/CM)

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