Handout photo issued by Essex Police of the 39 people who  died in the truck.  Photoraph: Essex Police/PA Wire

The two ringleaders of an Irish-Romanian people-smuggling gang responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who suffocated in a sealed refrigera(...)

October, 2019: British police forensics officers work on the  lorry in which 39 people died. File photograph: PA

The people-smuggling ring behind the migrant deaths in Essex was an Irish-Romanian enterprise.  Gheorghe Nica (43) - Sentenced to 27 years Roma(...)

Police and forensic officers at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies of Vietnamese migrants were found inside the lorry on the industrial estate.  Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

An Irish truck driver could be facing life in prison following his conviction for the manslaughter of 39 migrants. The Vietnamese migrants, aged betw(...)

A court artist sketch of  Eamonn Harrison  at the Old Bailey in London. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

A man recorded a final message to his wife and children, saying: “I’m sorry. I cannot take care of you”, as he suffocated in the back of a lorry with (...)

 Gheorghe Nica (left) and Eamonn Harrison (right) two of four men to face trial, at the Old Bailey in London, for being part of an alleged people-smuggling ring linked to the deaths of 39 migrants in a lorry in Essex.  Image: Sketch by court artist Elizabeth Cook/PA

A Co Down truck-driver accused of being responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese men, women and boys found suffocated in a shipping container near (...)

A prison service van arriving at Dublin’s Criminal Courts of Justice carrying Ronan Hughes to a hearing earlier this month after he  was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant. Photograph:  Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

The High Court has heard that a Monaghan man is alleged to be “the ringleader” and “chief organiser” of an organised criminal group who trafficked 39 (...)

Ronan Hughes is due to appear before the High Court, Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Tuesday morning, for an extradition hearing. Photograph: HO/Essex Police/AFP via Getty

A man from Northern Ireland is to appear before the High Court on Tuesday to face extradition in relation to the deaths of 39 illegal immigrants in Es(...)

In relation to the 39 migrants found dead in Essex, in October, Eamon Harrison from Mayobridge, Co Down,   and his alleged coconspirators “knew they were in the trailer”, it was claimed in the High Court.

One of the lorry drivers involved in a suspected conspiracy to traffic human beings into the UK was allegedly being paid up to €1,000 per trafficked p(...)

An ambulance carrying the body of Nguyen Van Hung is surrounded by villagers in Dien Thinh commune, Dien Chau district in Nghe An province, Vietnam, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

The bodies of 16 of the 39 Vietnamese who died when human traffickers carried them by lorry to the UK last month were repatriated to their homeland on(...)

Maurice Robinson from  Laurelvale in Northern Ireland. The 25-year-old pleaded guilty on Monday to assisting unlawful immigration.  Photograph: via Facebook

A Northern Irish lorry driver accused over the deaths of 39 migrants has pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration and to acquiring cri(...)

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