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Man pleads guilty to offences in UK lorry deaths case

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Man pleads guilty to offences in UK lorry deaths case

Man pleads guilty to offences in UK lorry deaths case

A Northern Irish man charged with the manslaughter of 39 people found in the back of a lorry near London, has pleaded guilty to assisting unlawful immigration and to acquiring criminal property.

Joe Davies reports.

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Man pleads guilty to offences in UK lorry deaths case

A man from Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty to a number of charges in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a lorry near London last month.

Maurice Robinson, who's 25, admitted on Monday (November 25) to assisting unlawful immigration..

And to acquiring criminal property.

He appeared by video link from Belmarsh Prison in east London.

Robinson is also charged with the manslaughter of all 39 people.

But he wasn't asked to enter a plea for 39 counts of manslaughter or two other charges.

The victims - 31 men and boys and eight women - were all from Vietnam.

Three of them were children - the oldest, 44.

Another man - who's 23 and also from Northern ireland - was charged on Sunday with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of people with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.




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