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Two Co Armagh men appear in separate courts in relation to death of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Two Co Armagh men are due to appear in court charged in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a lorry in Essex last month.

Maurice Robinson, 25, from Laurelvale is due up before Mr Justice Edis at the Old Bailey later this morning while Tassagh man Christopher Kennedy, 23, will make his first appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.

Robinson, who was the driver of the lorry found to be carrying the 39 people, is expected to enter a plea.

He faces 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between December 1, 2018 and October 24, 2019.

He is also charged with acquiring criminal property and one count of concealing criminal property.

Kennedy, who was arrested on the M40 on Friday, is accused of human trafficking offences.

He is 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.

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