Lorry driver, 23, who is wanted over deaths of 39 migrants in refrigerated truck in Essex can be extradited from Ireland, judge rules
- Eamonn Harrison, 23, from County Down is facing a European arrest warrant
- Eight women and 31 men were found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex
- Today a judge in Dublin ruled that Mr Harrison can be extradited to the UK
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Eamonn Harrison, from Northern Ireland, who is wanted in connection with the discovery of 39 bodies in a refrigerated container in Essex, can be extradited from Ireland to the UK, a judge in Dublin has ruled.
Mr Harrison is wanted in connection with 39 counts of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, one count of a human trafficking offence, and one count of assisting unlawful immigration.
Eight women and 31 men, all Vietnamese nationals, were found in the refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in Gray, Essex, in the early hours of October 23.
He is alleged to have driven the container, which held the 39 people, to a port in Zeebrugge in Belgium, and later signed the shipping notice for the container.
Lorry driver Mo Robinson (left) has been charged with manslaughter. Eamonn Harrison (right) faces extradition over the deaths
He is wanted in connection with the death of 39 Vietnamese nationals, who were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Essex (pictured)
The victims included (top row, left to right) Pham Tra My, 26, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Huy Hung, 15, and (middle row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, and (bottom row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Nguyen van Hung, 33, and Le Van Ha, 30
Mr Harrison is accused of 41 offences – 39 counts of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, one human trafficking offence, and one count of assisting unlawful immigration.
He is alleged to have driven the container to the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, and later signed the shipping notice for it.
Mr Justice Donald Binchy said on Friday that, after hearing very comprehensive arguments from both sides, he had decided to approve Harrison’s extradition.
He said he has not published his judgment in full to the court and will not make it available until Monday next week.
He added that it would not be helpful for him to try to summarise his decision to the court.
The group were were from five provinces in the central, coastal area of Vietnam and two provinces near Hanoi
Defence counsel Tony McGillicuddy said he will read the judgment next week and decide whether to appeal.
Mr Harrison, 23, from Mayobridge in Newry, was previously brought before a court in Dublin in December when his lawyer, Siobhan Stack, challenged a European arrest warrant to have him moved to the UK.
She said allegations of manslaughter cannot be made without cause of death, and criticised his warrant. But today a judge said that he can be brought to the UK.
The Vietnamese group were found in the back of the refrigerated truck in Grays, Essex in the early hours of October 23.
The group were made up of eight women, three boys and 28 men. The eldest was 44 and the youngest was 15.
A police officer at the scene where the lorry was discovered in Grays, Essex, on October 23
Thirty of the group were from Vietnam’s poverty-stricken provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, which are said to be the heartlands of the country’s trafficking trade.
The group died in a container, which had been shipped to the Essex port of Purfleet from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
The driver of the lorry, Mo Robinson, 25, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.
Who were the 39 people who died in the Esssex lorry container?
These are the names of the victims of the Essex truck tragedy are:
Pham Thi Tra My, a 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Dinh Lurong, a 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Phong, a 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Nhan Du, a 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Manh Hung, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Khanh Tho, a 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Van Linh, a 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Van Nhan, a 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Bui Phan Thang, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Hung, a 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh
Tran Thi Tho, a 21-year-old woman from Nghe An
Bui Thi Nhung, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Vo Ngoc Nam, a 28-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Dinh Tu, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Van Ha, a 30-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Ngoc, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hung, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Hoang Van Tiep, a 18-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Tien Dung, a 37-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Huy Thanh, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Mai Nhung, a 18-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Minh Quang, a 20-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Trong Thanh, a 44-year-old man from Dien Chau
Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, a 28-year-old woman from Nghe An
Hoang Van Hoi, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Tho Tuan, a 25-year-old man from Nghe An
Dang Huu Tuyen, a 22-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Trong Thai, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hiep, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Thi Van, a 35-year-old woman from Nghe An
Tran Hai Loc, a 35-year-old man from Nghe An
Duong Minh Tuan, a 27-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Ngoc Ha, a 32-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Tien Dung, a 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh
Phan Thi Thanh, a 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong
Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, a 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue
Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, a 18-year-old man from Hai Phong
Tran Ngoc Hieu, a 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong
Dinh Dinh Binh, a 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong