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Co Down man (23) appears in court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter

A Co Down lorry driver has appeared in court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter following the discovery of 39 bodies in a refrigerated trailer in Essex last week.

Eamon Harrison, from Mayobridge, is also facing one charge of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and another of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

He was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant today and brought before the High Court in Dublin.

Harrison will face an extradition hearing later this month.

He stood accused of being the driver of the lorry which was used to deliver a trailer unit to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Inside the trailer was 39 people; eight females and 31 males who were all deceased in Essex on Wednesday, October 23.

Earlier today, Essex police gave a press conference in Belfast, where they made a direct appeal for two Co Armagh brothers to hand themselves in.

Brothers Ronan, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34, from Armagh, are wanted by police on suspicion of manslaughter and people trafficking.

The driver of the lorry, Maurice Robinson, from Laurelvale, appeared in court in Chelmsford on Monday.

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