Armagh man (23) charged with human trafficking after bodies found in Essex truck
Christopher Kennedy who was arrested on Friday in UK is due court on Monday
Police and forensic officers investigate the lorry in which 39 bodies were discovered in the trailer in Essex. File photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images
Christopher Kennedy (23), was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning on the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
Mr Kennedy, from Darkley, Co Armagh, has been 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.
Essex Police said he is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
It comes after it emerged that one of the teenagers found dead in the trailer in an industrial park in Grays had gone missing from an asylum centre in the Netherlands.
The country’s Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) told local media the youngster had run away from a shelter for vulnerable migrants.
The agency would not give details about the name or age of the teenager.
Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among the bodies of 39 Vietnamese nationals discovered in the early hours of October 23rd, shortly after the lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
The driver, Mo Robinson (25), from Northern Ireland, is expected to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.
He appeared at Dublin’s Central Criminal Court on Thursday after he was arrested on a European arrest warrant in respect of 39 counts of manslaughter, one count of human trafficking and one count of assisting unlawful immigration.
Detectives have also urged Ronan Hughes (40), and his brother Christopher, (34), from Armagh, Northern Ireland, to hand themselves in. They are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking.