Migrant lorry deaths driver admits charge
A LORRY driver arrested after the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were found in his trailer yesterday admitted plotting to assist unlawful migration.
Maurice Robinson, pictured, is also accused of 39 counts of manslaughter but entered no pleas to those charges during the brief hearing at the Old Bailey. Robinson, 25, was arrested on October 23 following the discovery of 31 men and eight women in the refrigerated trailer he had just picked up from the port of Purfleet in Essex. The youngest victims were just 15. Robinson, of Craigavon in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, was remanded in custody ahead of a further hearing next month.
Another Northern Irish lorry driver, Christopher Kennedy, 23, also appeared in court yesterday charged with related human trafficking offences.
A third man – Eamonn Harrison, 22 – is accused of having delivered the container filled with migrants to Zeebrugge in Belgium before it crossed to Essex. Harrison, from Mayobridge, County Down, faces 39 counts of manslaughter.