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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

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A British man admitted plotting to assist unlawful immigration after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving . Maurice Robinson, the truck driver charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck , pleaded guilty.

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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.

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LONDON (Reuters) - 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

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

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.

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A Northern Irish man charged with the manslaughter of 39 people found in the back of a lorry near London, has pleaded guilty to assisting unlawful immigration and to acquiring criminal property.

A British man admitted on Monday to 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

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.


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