Mi­grant lorry deaths driver ad­mits charge

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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.

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