Man arrested in Northern Ireland over Essex truck deaths

Two men have been held on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a refrigerated container in Essex[1], England[2].

Essex Police[3] said a 22-year-old man was arrested in Northern Ireland[4] on Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating unlawful immigration.

He remains in police custody in Essex, officers said.

The force also said on Tuesday that a 43-year-old man, Gheorghe Nica[5], had been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and one count of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

Mr Nica, of Mimosa Close in Langdon Hills, Basildon[6], was detained at Frankfurt Airport in Germany[7] and brought back to the UK on a European Arrest Warrant.

The 43-year-old appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and will next appear at the Old Bailey[8] on March 16th.

Officers added that postmortem examinations had been completed and the provisional cause of death for all those who died was a combination of lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space.

In October, emergency services were called to an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, shortly after a lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium[9].

Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among 39 Vietnamese nationals whose bodies were discovered in the lorry’s trailer in the early hours of October 23rd. – PA


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