Lorry drivers held over container death

Published Saturday, 23 August 2014
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Two lorry drivers from Co Londonderry have been remanded in custody after appearing in an English court in connection with the death of a man found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.

Lorry drivers held over container death
Thirty-five people were found in a shipping container in Tilbury Dock. (© PA)

Timothy Murphy and Stephen McLaughlin have been charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

Murphy, 33, of Elmgrove in Londonderry and 34-year-old Stephen McLaughlin of Rose Park, Limavady, spoke only to confirm their names at two separate hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex.

Both are charged with conspiring with each other and "with other persons unknown" to "clandestinely convey 35 Afghan nationals by sea in to an English port which facilitated the commission of a breach of immigration law".

The alleged offence is said to have taken place between 1 and 17 August.

The men sat quietly in the dock as they were each remanded in custody until a hearing at Basildon Crown Court on a date to be set during the week beginning 17 November.

Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, from Afghanistan, was found dead inside the container at the Essex port on 16 August.

Mr Kapoor was among a group of 35 immigrants, including 13 children, who were found in the container.

The group, whose ages ranged from one to 72, are believed to have fled Afghanistan after suffering persecution.

Essex Police said a post-mortem examination on Mr Kapoor had failed to establish the cause of his death and inquiries are continuing.

© UTV News
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