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Two Co Armagh men appear in court over Essex lorry deaths

A Co. Armagh lorry driver has denied any involvement in a human trafficking plot linked to the Essex lorry deaths in October.

Christopher Kennedy, from Corkley Road in Tassagh, appeared at the Old Bailey in London earlier today.

The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit human trafficking offences between May 1 2018 and October 24 2019 by arranging or facilitating the travel of other people with a view to exploitation.

He also denied conspiring to assist unlawful immigration over the same period.

Maurice Robinson also appeared via videolink from Belmarsh prison.

The 25-year-old from Laurelvale has previously admitted conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between May 1 2018 and October 24 2019 and acquiring criminal property – namely cash.

He is yet to enter pleas against the 39 counts of manslaughter.

Both were remanded back into custody to appear again on March 16, next year.

A trial date of October 5, 2020 has been arranged and is expected to last up to eight weeks.

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