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People-smuggling trial: jury panel selected

Published 24/05/2016

The two men are standing trial at Basildon Crown Court in Essex
The two men are standing trial at Basildon Crown Court in Essex

A jury panel has been chosen ahead of the trial of two men accused of smuggling 35 immigrants into the UK in a shipping container, one of whom died.

Meet Singh Kapoor was one of 35 Afghan Sikhs, including 15 children, found inside the container at Tilbury Docks in Essex on the morning of August 16 2014.

The 40-year-old died during an overnight crossing from Zeebrugge in Belgium, but the rest of the immigrants survived the cramped journey.

The refugees, who ranged in age from 16 months to 72, are believed to have fled Kabul in Afghanistan after suffering alleged persecution.

Stephen McLaughlin, 36, of Londonderry, and Martin McGlinchey, 49, of Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, both face a charge of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK and will face trial at Basildon Crown Court, Essex.

A panel of 14 jurors was selected on Monday, 12 of whom will be sworn in for the four-week trial on Tuesday ahead of the prosecution's opening.

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