Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Maurice Robinson Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Commit Unlawful Immigration

Maurice Robinson is accused of killing 39 migrants Maurice Robinson is accused of killing 39 migrants More
Travis Berry | 26 November, 2019, 00:28

The victims, eight females and 31 males from Vietnam, were discovered early on Wednesday 23 October in a refrigerated container on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex.

Robinson, 25, appeared Monday at London's Central Criminal Court by video link from prison.

A British man admitted on Monday plotting to assist unlawful immigration after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving.

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

Lorry driver Maurice "Mo" Robinson has admitted an immigration offence.

Robinson was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people and money laundering.

Prosecutors allege that Robinson drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where he picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Maurice Robinson pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration between 1 May 2018 and 24 October 2019.

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The charge sheet also 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".

Essex police arrested Robinson shortly after the trailer and its grisly contents were reported at Waterglade Industrial Park in the early hours of October 23.

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 United Kingdom immigration law.

No trial date was set and Robinson is next due in court on December 13.

Kennedy, of County Armagh, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today.

Officers also wish to speak to Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, who are both on the run, and are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking in relation to the deaths.

On Sunday, the Essex police said Christopher Kennedy, 23, also of Northern Ireland, had been arrested in connection with the investigation.

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