Driver of truck containing 39 dead bodies pleads guilty to immigration charges

Driver of truck containing 39 dead bodies pleads guilty to immigration charges

Driver of truck containing 39 dead bodies pleads guilty to immigration charges

The 39 manslaughter charges he also faced were reportedly not put to him today.

The bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in a refrigerated trailer on an industrial estate in Grays, 20 miles east of central London, on October 23.

The trailer had earlier arrived on a cargo ferry from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

The defendant, of Craigavon, Co Armagh in Northern Ireland, was not asked to enter pleas to other charges, including 39 counts of manslaughter.

"Kennedy, of Corkley Road in Darkley, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday 25 November".

He spoke only to confirm his identity, his nationality and to admit conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

No pleas were entered and his case was adjourned to the Old Bailey on December 13.

Kennedy, who was arrested on the M40 on Friday, is accused of human trafficking offences in relation to the Essex lorry deaths case.

Robinson is also charged with conspiracy to commit human trafficking offences between 1 May, 2018, and 24 October, 2019.

Meanwhile, another man is due in court later over the deaths.

Police are seeking his extradition and the lorry driver is being held in the Republic of Ireland, so he can stand trial in the UK.

Two other suspects from Northern Ireland, brothers Ronan and Christopher Hughes, were being sought, The New York Times reported.

Numerous victims were from a poor region in central Vietnam, where the main source of income is from fishing, farming or factory work.

The oldest of the victims was 44 while three were aged under 18.

The incident has lead to some MPs from the Foreign Affairs Committee to call for a rethink on legal immigration.

Maurice Robinson, the truck driver charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck, pleaded guilty on Monday Nov. 25, 2019, to lesser charges.

"The UK has been relatively isolated from the different migrant crises in recent years - but it's wrong to assume that we are protected from their impact".

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