Driver Charged With Deaths Of 39 People In A Lorry Has Been Remanded In Custody
Lorry driver Maurice Robinson has been remanded in custody over the deaths of 39 people that were found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex.
The 25-year-old appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court this morning via video-link from custody.
He confirmed his name, address and nationality before all 43 charges were put to him. They include 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.
He was told that his next court appearance will take place on 25 November at the Old Bailey in London and he will be remanded in custody without bail - no application for bail was put forward.
Essex Police were called shortly before 1.40am on Wednesday 23 October following the discovery of a lorry container with people inside at Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays.
A man and woman, both 38, from Warrington, Cheshire, and a 45-year-old man from Northern Ireland, who were arrested last week, have been released on bail.
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Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: "This is a fast-moving investigation involving significant police resources dedicated to finding out the truth about what happened to the 39 people found dead in the lorry on Wednesday."
She continued: "The scene at the Waterglade Industrial Estate in Eastern Avenue has now been closed. I would like to reiterate my thanks to every person and business who has been impacted by the work we have been carrying out there since Wednesday morning.
"Finally I would like to speak directly to anyone who thinks their loved ones may have been in the trailer. I know you may be worried about speaking to the police. I would like to reassure you that we just want to be able to give the victims' families answers about what has happened.
"I can't begin to comprehend what some of you must be going through right now. You have my assurance that Essex Police will be working tirelessly to understand the whole picture to this absolute tragedy.
"I would also like to make an appeal to anyone living illegally in this country, who could help our investigation. Please come forward and speak to us without fear. I can assure you that your information will be received in strictest confidence and no criminal action will be taken against you.
"If you do not feel able to speak to police directly, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111."
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