Man pleads guilty to ‘unlawful immigration conspiracy’ after 39 bodies found in Grays

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to two offences after 39 people were found dead in a lorry in Grays last month.

Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon, Northern Ireland, appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey today, where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

He also admitted a charge of acquiring criminal property.

However, he will still have to answer 41 more charges – transferring criminal property, conspiracy to commit a human trafficking offence, and 39 counts of manslaughter – at a later court hearing.

He is due back at the Old Bailey on December 13.

A second man appeared in court today in relation to the same case.

Christopher Kennedy, 23, of Darley, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, made his first appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court this morning.

He is charged 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.

He did not enter any pleas and he too is now due at the Old Bailey on December 13.

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Charles Thomson

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