Lorry driver charged with manslaughter of 39 frozen travellers

A LORRY driver, accused of being involved with the deaths of 39 migrants, has pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration.

Robinson, a 25-year-old known as Mo, is charged with the manslaughter of a group of men, women and children, all found dead in a refrigerated trailer.

The Northern Ireland man, was appearing at the Old Bailey, via video link from East London’s Belmarsh Prison, for a plea hearing.

He was not asked to enter a plea to 41 other charges, including 39 counts of manslaughter.

The frozen bodies of eight females and 31 males were discovered in the trailer on 23rd October, attached to his Scania cab, in an Essex industrial park in Grays.

Robinson was not asked to enter a plea to 41 other charges, including 39 counts of manslaughter.

The victims were later identified as coming from various Vietnam provinces, the youngest being two boys, aged 15.

The accused, wearing a light-blue sweater and tan trousers, spoke to confirm his identity and British nationality.

During the hearing, before Mr Justice Edis, he admitted conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, between 1st May, 2018 and 24th October, 2019.

The charge states that he plotted with others “to do an act or series of acts, which facilitated the commission of a breach of immigration law by various persons”.

He also admitted acquiring criminal property, namely cash, on the same dates.

The defendant, of Laurel Drive, in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, was not asked to enter pleas to other charges, including 39 counts of manslaughter.

He is charged with conspiracy to commit human-trafficking offences, between 1st May 2018 and 24th October 2019.

The details of that charge state: “He arranged or facilitated the travel of other persons into the UK, with a view to their being exploited.”

He was also charged with transferring criminal property and was remanded into custody until a further hearing, on 13th December.






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