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12:49 PM - 24 Nov 2019



A man from County Armagh has been charged with human trafficking offences in connection with the discovery of 39 bodies in a refrigerated truck in the UK last month.

23-year-old Christopher Kennedy from Corkley Road, Darkley, Armagh was arrested in Buckinghamshire on Friday.

This morning, Essex Police said he would be 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.

He is due to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The bodies of the 39 Vietnamese nationals were found in a refrigerated container in Grays, Essex on October 23rd.

The Lorry had arrived in the UK from Belgium.

Mr. Kennedy was arrested on the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire in the early hours of Friday morning.

The 25-year-old driver of the lorry, Maurice Robinson from Craigavon in County Armagh, has already been charged in connection with the discovery.

He faces 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.



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