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Man, 23, Charged With Manslaughter Over Essex Lorry Deaths

Man, 23, Charged With Manslaughter Over Essex Lorry Deaths

Another man has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter in relation to the deaths of migrants found in a lorry in Essex.

Police have alleged Eamonn Harrison, 23, from Mayobridge, delivered the trailer to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, before it went on to Britain.

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He was also charged with conspiracy to commit a human trafficking and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration at Dublin High Court this morning.

According to reports, this follows a European Arrest Warrant for Harrison which was issued yesterday.

It comes almost a week after lorry driver Maurice Robinson was also charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.

Eamonn Harrison, 23, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.
Eamonn Harrison, 23, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.

The victims, who included 38 adults and one teenager, were discovered early on Wednesday morning - 23 October - in the back of a wagon on an industrial estate in Essex.

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Essex Police were called shortly before 1.40am following the discovery of a lorry container with people inside at Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays.

At the time of Robinson's charge, Essex Police issued a statement which read: "The Crown Prosecution service has authorised Essex Police to charge a man in connection with the investigating the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in Grays on Wednesday.

"Maurice Robinson, 25, of Laurel Drive, Craigavon, Northern Ireland was arrested shortly after the discovery was made at the Waterglade Retail Park. He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday 28 October charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

"Three other people have been arrested in connection with this investigation. A 38 year-old man and a 38 year-old woman from Warrington and a 48 year-old man from Northern Ireland, who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and manslaughter remain in custody."

Maurice Robinson was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter. Credit: Facebook
Maurice Robinson was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter. Credit: Facebook

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.

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]