Britain experienced its deadliest smuggling horrors in Essex where a lorry filled with 39 illegal migrant’s bodies was found. Essex police recovered the bodies at the early hours of 23rd Wednesday 2019 and instantly held the truck driver under suspicion.
Aerial view of the Lorry escorting the dead bodies getting examined by Essex Police.
Soon after, the driver Maurice Robinson was charged with manslaughter, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, money laundering, and conspiracy to traffic police. The accused, of age 25, has been identified as a resident of Laurel Drive, Craigavon in Northern Ireland, and was caught in possession of the bodies at Waterglade Retail Park.
The crown prosecution service had initially assigned Essex police towards the arrest of a man connected to the gruesome murders of 39 bodies found at Waterglade Retail Park, on Wednesday.
Three other people had then been arrested as supporters in the crime but were later released on bail. The statements heard by the courts, however, are such that the murders are said to be a notable part of a ‘global ring’ that smuggles huge masses of people to the UK.
However, another statement released by Essex police stated that “A 38-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman from Warrington and a 48-year-old man from Northern Ireland, who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and manslaughter, remain in custody.”
Also, on Saturday, another man was arrested at the Dublin port that is expected to be of use to the investigation of this devastating case.
Robinson, the man, held under suspension, is to appear via video link in Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday.
It is, however, not yet known that how the victims were brought into the trailer or the route that they took to be smuggled to the UK.
What’s known is that,
• The trailer arrived at Zeebrugge at 2.49 pm on Tuesday and left for Purfleet instantly.
• The trailer reached the designated destination of Essex at 12.30 am on Wednesday.
The lorry being held under examination by Essex Police
It was from here onward that Robinson Maurice, also known as Mo, had taken the responsibility of the trailer and picked it up in a lorry cab.
The lorry soon after reroutes, and lefts Purfleet for 35 minutes with Maurice Robinson driving, and was discovered with the horrifying bodies of 39 victims later at about 1.40 am, on Waterglade Retail Park.
Desperate Cries Of The Victims and their Families
It was initially believed that all victims were Chinese nationals; however, that is not the case as there are reports that Vietnamese victims may be a part of this horrific mass murder, as well.
This was found by the text messages of a 26-year-old Vietnamese victim in the truck that released the message, "I'm so sorry, mom and dad... My journey abroad doesn't succeed."
The victim, Pham Tra My, continued writing in a text message to her mother, "Mom, I love you and dad very much. I'm dying because I can't breathe... Mom, I'm so sorry."
A few other Vietnamese families have also raised their concerns over unreachable family members that they cannot contact at all. They fear that their beloveds have been taken at the hands of this barbarism.
The family of Nguyen Dinh Luong, age 20 also believes that their child was in the lorry, among many other poor victims that were desperate enough to make this journey to support
A Book of Condolences by the Prime Minister of UK, Boris Johnson
The devastating incident has ever since sparked a deafening uproar internationally and has left the authorities of UK shocked too.
Boris Johnson signing a book of condolences alongside the Chief Constable of Essex Police
Boris Johnson, the Prime minister of the UK, has since signed a book of condolences, acknowledging the fact of how these victims were innocents in search of a better future, in the UK.
The statements are as such: ‘The whole nation and indeed the world has been shocked by this tragedy, and the cruelty of the fate that has been suffered by innocent people who were hoping for a better life in this country.’
‘We mourn those who have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with their families far away.’
‘In condemning the callousness of those responsible for this crime, we in the government of the United Kingdom resolve to do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators to justice.’