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26 November 2019 00:33

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Essex lorry deaths: Mo Robinson pleads guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration

A lorry driver who is accused over the deaths of 39 migrants in Essex has admitted plotting to assist illegal immigration. Maurice Robinson pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to conspiring with others to assist illegal immigration between 1 May 2018 and 24 October 2019. Mr Robinson was not asked to plead to 39 charges of manslaughter. The charges relate to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people, including children, who were discovered in the back of a refrigerated lorry being driven by Mr Robinson in Grays on 23 October. Mr Robinson, who appeared via video-link from Belmarsh prison, also admitted acquiring criminal property - namely cash - between 1 May 2018 and 24 October 2019.

As well as the manslaughter charges, Mr Robinson is accused of conspiracy to commit human trafficking offences and transferring criminal property. Image copyright PA Media Image caption The bodies were discovered in a refrigerated trailer A lorry driver accused over the deaths of 39 migrants has pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration. Maurice Robinson, 25, who was allegedly part of a global smuggling ring, has also been charged with the manslaughter of a group of men, women and children found dead in a refrigerated trailer, but will not enter a plea until next month. The bodies of eight females and 31 males were discovered in the trailer attached to his Scania cab in an industrial park in Grays, Essex, early on October 23. Robinson, who is known as Mo, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison for a plea hearing.

The driver of a refrigerated lorry in which 39 Vietnamese migrants died has today admitted being part of an international smuggling ring. Maurice Robinson, 25, was the first to be arrested after the shocking discovery of 31 men and eight women dead in the back of his truck on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex last month. He faces manslaughter charges over the deaths of all those on board the lorry, as well allegations of people trafficking, breaking immigration laws, and money laundering. At the Old Bailey this morning, Robinson appeared via videolink from HMP Belmarsh to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and one count of money laundering. The suspected driver was arrested in connection with the investigation Getty Images 29/35 Sky News 30/35 Sky News 31/35 Sky News 32/35 Sky News 33/35 Sky News 34/35 Sky News 35/35 Sky News 1/35 Police activity at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry container on the industrial estate.

The lorry was discovered early Wednesday morning in Waterglade Industrial Park on Eastern Avenue in the town of Grays. The charges relate to a 17-month conspiracy running between May 2018 and October 24 this year. Robinson was not asked to enter pleas this morning to 39 counts of manslaughter that he faces, as well as the human trafficking allegation and another money laundering charge. The truck driver, who is British, pleaded guilty to conspiring with two other men and "other persons unknown" to break the British immigration laws, according to the charge sheet. A previous hearing was told police are probing a "global ring facilitating movement of a large number of illegal immigrants into the UK".

Mr Justice Edis remanded Robinson in custody this morning until the next hearing on December 13. How Verizon Media and our partners bring you better ad experiences To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you. Like Verizon Media, our partners may also show you ads that they think match your interests. Learn more about how Verizon Media collects and uses data and how our partners collect and use data. Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.

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Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products. Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices. Lorry driver Maurice Robinson (25) who is accused over the deaths of 39 migrants, has pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration. Maurice Robinson, known as Mo Robinson, who was allegedly 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 trailer attached to his Scania cab in an industrial park in Grays, Essex, on October 23. Robinson appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison for a plea hearing this morning. During the hearing before Mr Justice Edis, he admitted conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between May 1 2018 and October 24 2019. The charge states that he plotted with others to do "an act or series of acts which facilitated the commission of a breach of immigration law by various persons". The defendant, of Laurel Drive in Craigavon, was not asked to enter pleas to other charges, including 39 counts of manslaughter. He is charged with conspiracy to commit human trafficking offences between May 1 2018 and October 24 2019.