Man, 25, accused over 39 bodies found in lorry to appear at Old Bailey
The 25-year-old lorry driver accused of the manslaughter of 39 people found in a refrigerated trailer in Essex has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on November 25.
Maurice Robinson, of Laurel Drive, Craigavon, Northern Ireland, appeared via video link at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday (Oct 28).
He was also charged with conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.
A 46-year-old man from Northern Ireland, arrested at Stansted Airport on Friday, has been bailed until November 13. A man and woman from Warrington in Cheshire, both 38, who were arrested the same day, have been bailed until November 11.
All three were released after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people following the discovery of the bodies – eight women and 31 men – in a refrigerated unit at Waterglade Industrial Estate, Grays, on Wednesday, October 23.
On Monday, Chief Constable of Essex Ben-Julian Harrington was joined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel to sign a book of condolence.
Chief Constable Harrington said: "Last week our county was shaken by this tragic event. Our thoughts continue to be with all those who have lost their lives and also with their loved ones.
"I would like [to] thank the emergency service workers and anyone who has come together to support this investigation in such difficult and traumatic circumstances.
"As we have said, this will be a long and complex investigation. We will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice and would ask for patience while we ensure the identification of those who have died is carried out with dignity."