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Truck driver pleads guilty to manslaughter of 39 migrants found dead in lorry

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A truck driver has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the deaths of 39 migrants discovered in the trailer of a lorry in Grays in October last year.

Haulier Ronan Hughes, 40, of Co Armagh in Northern Ireland, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the manslaughter of 31 Vietnamese men and eight women who were found dead in Essex last year.

The migrants were found suffocated in the trailer of a lorry on an industrial estate at Grays in the early hours of 23 October 2019 in Purfleet.

Prosecutors alleged he played a leading role by allowing his trailers and drivers to be used in human trafficking.

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Among the men and women, 10 were teenagers, two of them 15-year-old boys.

An inquest heard their medical cause of death was asphyxia and hyperthermia – a lack of oxygen and overheating – in an enclosed space.

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