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Extradition hearing begins for man arrested in Dublin over manslaughter of Vietnamese immigrants

Extradition hearing begins for Northern Irishman arrested in Dublin over manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese immigrants found dead in a lorry in Essex

  • Ronan Hughes, 40, is facing 39 charges of manslaughter & conspiracy charge
  • In connection with the deaths of migrants found in refrigerated lorry container
  • Hughes was detained on Monday on a European arrest warrant in Irish Republic

A man has appeared before the extradition court in Dublin facing 39 charges of manslaughter and a charge of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex.

Ronan Hughes, 40, from Silverstream, Tyholland in Co Monaghan, was detained on Monday following the execution of a European arrest warrant in the Irish Republic.

Mr Hughes said nothing during the short hearing in Dublin’s Central Criminal Court on Tuesday morning apart from ‘thank you judge’.

Ronan Hughes (pictured), 40, from Silverstream, Tyholland in Co Monaghan, was detained on Monday following the execution of a European arrest warrant in the Irish Republic

An Irish prison service van arrives at Dublin's Criminal Courts of Justice carrying Ronan Hughes on Tuesday

An Irish prison service van arrives at Dublin’s Criminal Courts of Justice carrying Ronan Hughes on Tuesday 

He will apply for bail next Wednesday and has been remanded in custody until then.

The 39 Vietnamese nationals were found in a lorry container parked on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, on October 23 last year.

Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among those found dead. 

On April 8, Maurice Robinson, 25, (pictured) of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in London

On April 8, Maurice Robinson, 25, (pictured) of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in London

It had arrived in Purfleet in the early hours that morning after travelling 173 miles from Zeebrugge in Belgium. 

On April 8, Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in London.

He previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and acquiring criminal property at the same court on November 25. He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 Police officers drive away a lorry in which 39 dead bodies were discovered sparking a murder investigation at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays

In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 Police officers drive away a lorry in which 39 dead bodies were discovered sparking a murder investigation at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays

 

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