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UK News Briton who drove truck in which 39 Vietnamese died confesses to plot

23:05  25 november  2019
23:05  25 november  2019 Source:   iol.co.za

Northern Irish man challenges extradition over UK truck deaths

  Northern Irish man challenges extradition over UK truck deaths Northern Irish man challenges extradition over UK truck deathsBritain began extradition proceedings on Nov. 1, a week after the discovery of the bodies in an industrial estate. Eamonn Harrison, 22, was charged with human trafficking and immigration offences, as well as 39 offences of manslaughter.

On Saturday, they charged the driver of the truck with 39 counts of manslaughter. Nhung, who has relatives in the United Kingdom, had posted a photo on Facebook on Monday and a friend Another Vietnamese family who suspects their relative, Nguyen Dinh Tu, is one of the victims told Reuters

A Vietnamese smuggler, interviewed by a French paper several years ago, reportedly described three levels of package. A local volunteer in the camp told us that they'd seen Vietnamese and British men visiting migrants here in a Mercedes. And that once migrants arrived in the UK, some went to work in

a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Maurice Robinson, the truck driver charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck, pleaded guilty. Picture: AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File © Provided by Independent Media Maurice Robinson, the truck driver charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck, pleaded guilty. Picture: AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File

London - A British man admitted on Monday plotting to assist unlawful immigration after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving.

The driver, Maurice Robinson, also pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property but was not asked to enter a plea on 41 other charges including 39 counts of manslaughter in a case which has shone a light on the illicit human smuggling trade.

UK police arrest man in enquiry over Vietnamese truck deaths

  UK police arrest man in enquiry over Vietnamese truck deaths UK police arrest man in enquiry over Vietnamese truck deaths"He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and remains in custody," Essex Police said in a statement.

Victim’s father pays tribute to ‘talented, compassionate and caring son’ who died alongside a Belgian and two Swedes.

One of the 39 Vietnamese victims found dead in a refrigerated truck (pictured) in Essex last month was said to be a minor who disappeared from a Dutch asylum shelter previously. Holland's Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) told local media the youngster had run away from a

Robinson, 25, from the British province of Northern Ireland, was addressing a London court hearing from prison a month after the 39 bodies were found in the truck on an industrial estate in Grays, about 20 miles (32 km) east of London.

Thirty-one of the victims were men or boys, and eight were women. The oldest was 44 and three were aged under 18, including two 15-year-old boys. Most were from Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces in north-central Vietnam, where poor job prospects and other factors fuel migration.

Police move the lorry container where bodies were discovered, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls © Thomson Reuters Police move the lorry container where bodies were discovered, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Many impoverished people from Asia, the Middle East and Africa make perilous journeys to western Europe in the hope of a better life, often after paying huge sums to criminal gangs.

Gardai step up action on trafficking suspects

  Gardai step up action on trafficking suspects Gardai have stepped up intelligence gathering on Irish truck drivers suspected of involvement in people smuggling following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in the back of a refrigerated trailer in Essex last month. Security sources say smugglers are increasingly turning to people trafficking because the cargo poses less risk than other forms of smuggling. Unlike cigarettes or alcohol, there is no heavy loading and unloading of the illicit cargo and engagement ends once it is delivered to its destination, usually close to the ferry port.

But designer babies, micro-pigs and fluorescent carrots get the thumbs-down, Royal Society survey finds.

The Catholic Church in Vietnam is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of Bishops in Vietnam who are in communion with the Pope in Rome.

Prosecutor William Emlyn Jones told Monday's hearing at London's Old Bailey criminal court that it was likely to be a large and complex case.

Robinson admitted to having conspired with others between May 1, 2018 and October 24 this year to commit an offence of assisting unlawful immigration, and to acquiring cash which he knew or suspected came from criminal conduct.

No trial date was set, and Robinson is next due in court on December 13.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) stands with with Chief Constable of Essex Police, Ben-Julian Harrington (2L), as Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (3L) lays flowers during a visit to Thurrock Council Offices in Thurrock, east of London on October 28, 2019, following the October 23, 2019, discovery of 39 bodies concealed in a lorry. - British police investigating the deaths of 39 people in a refrigerated truck charged the driver on Saturday with manslaughter and people trafficking, as families in Vietnam expressed fear their loved ones were among the dead. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFAN ROUSSEAU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) stands with with Chief Constable of Essex Police, Ben-Julian Harrington (2L), as Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (3L) lays flowers during a visit to Thurrock Council Offices in Thurrock, east of London on October 28, 2019, following the October 23, 2019, discovery of 39 bodies concealed in a lorry. - British police investigating the deaths of 39 people in a refrigerated truck charged the driver on Saturday with manslaughter and people trafficking, as families in Vietnam expressed fear their loved ones were among the dead. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFAN ROUSSEAU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Another man from Northern Ireland, 23-year-old Christopher Kennedy, appeared at a separate hearing on Monday, charged with conspiring to arrange the travel of people with a view to their exploitation, and conspiracy to break immigration laws.

His case was also adjourned to the Old Bailey until December 13.

A third suspect, Eamon Harrison, 22, also from Northern Ireland, has also been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and human trafficking and immigration offences. He was arrested in the Irish Republic and the British authorities have started proceedings to extradite him.

Police in Vietnam have arrested 10 people in connection with the deaths.


Bodies of victims found in UK truck repatriated to Vietnam .
DIEN CHAU, Vietnam (AP) — The bodies of 16 of the 39 Vietnamese who died when human traffickers carried them by truck to England last month were repatriated to their homeland on Wednesday and have been taken to their families. The bodies arrived on a flight that landed in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, the news website VNExpress reported. The website published photos of ambulances that transported the bodies to their home provinces south of Hanoi. The bodies were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays, east of London. Police say the victims were aged between 15 and 44.

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