Armagh lorry driver admits plotting to assist illegal immigration

A lorry driver who’s accused of the manslaughter of 39 people found in a truck in Essex in the UK has admitted plotting to assist illegal immigration.

25-year-old Mo Robinson from Craigavon in County Armagh appeared before the Old Bailey in London earlier today.

On October 23rd, the bodies of 31 men and 8 women were found in the back of a lorry at an industrial estate in Grays in Essex.

The group of Vietnamese nationals, including two boys aged just 15, were discovered after the vehicle arrived in the UK from Belgium.

A short time later, police arrested Maurice ‘Mo’ Robinson in Essex. His cab was attached to the trailer in which the group of people died.

The defendant was remanded into custody until a further hearing on 13 December.

Another man from Armagh is also due in court today in connection with the deaths.

23-year-old Christopher Kennedy of Corkley Road in Darkley was arrested in Buckinghamshire on Friday.