By Isha Sesay • 24 November 2019 • 12:28
CHARGED: A man had been charged with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people in Essex, England. Credit: PA Media.
A MAN has been charged with human trafficking following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who were found trapped in a refrigerated lorry in Essex, England.
The man, who was been named by police as 23-year-old Christopher Kennedy, was arrested on Friday, November 22 in connection with the ongoing investigation. He is accused of conspiracy to facilitate the travel of people with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.
The development comes a month after 39 bodies were discovered in a refrigerated lorry trailer at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, on October 23. Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among the victims.
The driver of the lorry, 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people and money laundering, where he is currently being held in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday, November 25.
22-year-old Eamonn Harrison has also been arrested and charged with the same offences as Robinson, where he is awaiting extradition to the UK after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.
Three other people, a 38-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man, have all been released on bail pending further enquiries which will start in January of next year.
Ronan and Christopher Hughes, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, have been able to escape authorities where police have revealed that the brothers are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking.
We at Euro Weekly News understand that Kennedy is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 25.
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