The Lorry driver accused of killing 39 migrants found in his lorry guilty of assisting illegal immigration.
The Driver ‘Maurice Robinson, 25, alleged to have been part of a global smuggling ring, is charged with the manslaughter of a group of men, women and children found dead in a refrigerated trailer.
The bodies of eight females and 31 males were discovered in the container attached to his Scania cab in an industrial park in Grays, Essex, early on October 23.
They were later identified as coming from various provinces of Vietnam, with the youngest being two boys aged 15.
He also admitted acquiring criminal property namely cash on the same dates. Robinson, from Craigavon in Northern Ireland, was not asked to enter pleas to other charges, including 39 counts of manslaughter.
He is charged with conspiracy to commit human trafficking offences, the details of which state that he ‘arranged or facilitated the travel of other persons into the UK with a view to their being exploited’.
Mr Robinson is also charged with transferring criminal property and also will be remanded into custody until a further hearing on December 13.