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Tilbury Docks: Third man charged over immigrant's death

By Aine Fox

A third man from Northern Ireland has been charged in connection with the death of an Afghan immigrant found in a shipping container in Essex last month.

Essex police charged Martin McGlinchey (47) of Coalisland, Co Tyrone, with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the United Kingdom.

Meet Singh Kapoor (40) was found with 34 living people at Tilbury Docks in Essex on August 16.

Two lorry drivers have already appeared in court in connection with the case.

McGlinchey has been remanded in custody to appear before Basildon Magistrates Court today.

Stephen McLaughlin (34), from Rose Park in Limavady, and Timothy Murphy (33) of Elmgrove in Londonderry, are charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK. They are due to appear next at Basildon Crown Court in November.

McLaughlin, a father-of-four, was on his way home to his partner and young children at their house in Limavady when he was stopped by detectives on the A1 dual carriageway near Banbridge, Co Down.

PSNI officers searched a number of properties afterwards, including McLaughlin's home.

Kapoor was among a group of 35 immigrants found in the container, including 13 children, the rest of whom survived the ordeal.

The group, whose ages ranged from one to 72, are believed to have fled Afghanistan after suffering persecution.

The 34 surviving asylum seekers were taken into the care of the Home Office after being discharged.

They included nine men and eight women aged 18 to 72 as well as 13 children.

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