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Northern Ireland man charged with manslaughter over Essex lorry deaths

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Ronan Hughes

Ronan Hughes

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Ronan Hughes

A man from Northern Ireland has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the deaths of 39 migrants found in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex.

Ronan Hughes, of Co Armagh, is due to appear at Dublin's High Court on Tuesday charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, as well as immigration offences, Essex Police said.

The 40-year-old was detained on Monday following the execution of a European arrest warrant in Ireland.

The 39 Vietnamese nationals were found in a lorry container parked on an industrial estate in Grays on October 23 last year.

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The container lorry in which 39 people were found dead (Aaron Chown/PA)

The container lorry in which 39 people were found dead (Aaron Chown/PA)

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The container lorry in which 39 people were found dead (Aaron Chown/PA)

Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among those found dead.

Meanwhile, Eamonn Harrison, of Mayobridge, Northern Ireland, has been granted permission to appeal against his extradition to the UK under the terms of a European arrest warrant issued by Essex Police.

The 22-year-old is facing 39 manslaughter charges, one of human trafficking and one of assisting unlawful immigration.

A further hearing will be held in Dublin on Thursday May 7, Essex Police said.

Belfast Telegraph