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Two Men Found Guilty Of Manslaughter Of 39 People In Essex Lorry Deaths

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Two Men Found Guilty Of Manslaughter Of 39 People In Essex Lorry Deaths

Two men have been found guilty of the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese men, women and children, who died while being smuggled into the UK in a lorry, which was later discovered in Essex.

Gheorghe Nica, 43, and Eamonn Harrison, 24 were found guilty of the crime at the Old Bailey.

The shocking incident took place in October 2019, when the bodies of 28 men, eight women and three children were discovered in a lorry container at an industrial estate in Grays, Essex.

The victims were travelling in a sealed container from Zeebrugge, Belgium to the UK. There was insufficient oxygen and temperatures rose as high as 38.5°C. They died from asphyxia and hyperthermia (overheating).

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Harrison dropped of the trailer at Zeebrugge, while people smuggler Nica took on an organisational role.

Both men were also found guilty of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

Haulage boss Ronan Hughes, 41, and lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 26, have both already pleaded guilty to manslaughter for their involvement in the crime.

Topics: UK News

Simon Fearn
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