High Court grants extradition of man arrested over Essex lorry deaths

A Co. Down man has been given time to consider an appeal against his extradition to the UK in connection with the Essex lorry deaths.

The High Court has approved Eamon Harrison’s surrender to UK authorities to face 39 manslaughter charges.

Last October, the bodies of 31 men and 8 women – all from Vietnam – were found in a refrigerated container in Essex.

British authorities believe Eamon Harrison drove the trailer to a port in Belgium, before its onward journey to England.

He’s facing 39 counts of manslaughter as well as human trafficking and illegal immigration charges.

The High Court has now approved his extradition to the UK – ruling there’s nothing stopping him being surrendered to police there.

But Mr Justice Donald Binchy didn’t sign the order today – agreeing to give the defence time to look over the 50 page judgement so they can consider an appeal.

Mr Harrison has been remanded in custody and is due before the High Court again on the 4th of February.