Essex Truck Deaths: High Court to decide on extradition of Irishman

The High Court will decide next week whether a man wanted in the UK in relation to the Essex lorry deaths can appeal its decision to extradite him. Eamon Harrison from Mayobridge, County Down is wanted to face charges arising from the discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry container in Essex. The bodies of 31 men and eight women were found in the container of a lorry at an industrial park in Essex on October 23rd.

Police suspect Eamon Harrison brought the trailer to a port in Belgium before it was transported to England. He is wanted in the UK to face 39 manslaughter charges, but authorities also want to charge him with conspiracy to commit human trafficking and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. The High Court recently approved his extradition but placed a stay on the order to allow his legal team to consider the judgement.

The court heard today that they want to appeal, but lawyers for the State claimed there were no grounds to do so. Mr Justice Donald Binchy listened to both sides and will now consider whether to allow an appeal to a higher court. A ruling is expected next week.

Reporting from Frank Greaney at the High Court.

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