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Lorry driver Mo Robinson due to enter pleas over Essex deaths of 39 migrants

Maurice Robinson will appear via video link.

Charged: lorry driver Maurice Robinson
Charged: lorry driver Maurice Robinson

By Emily Pennink, PA Old Bailey Correspondent

A lorry driver accused over the deaths of 39 migrants will appear in court on Monday to enter pleas.

Maurice Robinson, 25, who was allegedly part of a global smuggling ring, is charged with the manslaughter of a group of men, women and children found dead in a refrigerated trailer.

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

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

Robinson, who is known as Mo, faces 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between December 1 2018 and October 24 2019.

He is also charged with acquiring criminal property and one count of concealing criminal property.

The defendant, of Laurel Drive in Craigavon in Northern Ireland, is due to appear to appear via video link from custody before Mr Justice Edis at the Old Bailey.

Christopher Kennedy, 23,  is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday accused of human trafficking offences.

He was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning on the M40.

Kennedy, from Darkley, Co Armagh, is  charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of people with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 25, on video-link at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, Essex, where he has been remanded in custody after being charged with the manslaughter of 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container in Essex.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 25, on video-link at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, Essex, where he has been remanded in custody after being charged with the manslaughter of 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container in Essex.
Tributes were left at the scene as a book of condolence was opened and vigil held (Aaron Chown/PA)
Tributes were left at the scene as a book of condolence was opened and vigil held (Aaron Chown/PA)
Messages left by Superintendent Craig Saunders and Chief Inspector Claire Talbot in the Book of Condolence (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Mo Robinson
Mo Robinson
Mo Robinson
Mo Robinson

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