EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader
Find Us
ADVERTISEMENT

Maurice Robinson pleads guilty to manslaughter of 39 people in Essex lorry tragedy

A vigil for the 39 victims found dead inside the back of a truck in Essex
A vigil for the 39 victims found dead inside the back of a truck in Essex Copyright AP
Copyright AP
By Euronews
Published on Updated
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

Maurice Robinson pleads guilty to manslaughter of 39 people in Essex lorry tragedy

ADVERTISEMENT

A truck triver has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 39 people who were found dead in a lorry in Essex in October last year.

Maurice Robinson, 25, from Northern Ireland, entered the plea at Central London Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Robinson appeared in court via video link alongside four co-defendants.

The 39 victims, all Vietnamese nationals, were found by police in the back of a refrigerated lorry container in an industrial park in Essex in October 2019.

The 31 men and eight women are believed to have paid people traffickers to smuggle them into England. They were aged between 15 and 44. Police say they died of a combination of a lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space.

Another defendant, Gheorghe Nica, 43, denied 39 counts of manslaughter. Alexandru-Ovidiu Hanga, 27, denied a charge of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Christopher Kennedy, 23, previously denied conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Valentin Calota, 37, was not asked to enter a plea to the charge of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration. 

This is a breaking news story, updates to follow

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Essex lorry deaths: Four men jailed for total of 78 years over deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Euro 2024: 'England wouldn't be into the final without migrants' says new UK campaign

At least 85 rescued migrants arrive in English port of Dover on UK Border Force boat