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Suspect Charged in 39 Vietnamese Deaths in UK Container

British police have already charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, a truck driver also from Northern Ireland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people

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    Suspect Charged in 39 Vietnamese Deaths in UK Container
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    In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, police escort the truck, that was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, as they move it from an industrial estate in Thurrock, south England.

    British prosecutors have charged a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland in the deaths of 39 people from Vietnam whose bodies were found in a refrigerated container truck last month.

    Essex Police said Sunday that Christopher Kennedy was charged with conspiracy to arrange people trafficking and conspiracy to break UK immigration law.

    He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

    The bodies were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays.

    39 People Found Dead in Truck in England

    [NATL] 39 People Found Dead in Truck in England

    Essex police have a man in custody after 39 people were found dead in the back of a truck in Southeastern England on Wednesday.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019)

    British police have already charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, a truck driver also from Northern Ireland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

    Another suspect is being held in Ireland.