Friday 19 December 2014

Lorry driver from Derry remanded following container death

Published 23/08/2014 | 12:42

A group of Police Officers stand by the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where a shipping container was found with 31 illegal immigrants were found inside with one dead and the rest ill and taken to hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story POLICE Container. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A group of Police Officers stand by the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where the shipping container was found

A lorry driver has been remanded in custody after appearing in court in connection with the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks.

Timothy Murphy, 33, is charged alongside Stephen McLaughlin with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK. Both men are from Derry in Northern Ireland.

 

Murphy is charged with between August 1 and 17 having conspired with McLaughlin "and together with other persons unknown to do an act, namely clandestinely convey 35 Afghan nationals by sea in to an English port, which facilitated the commission of a breach of immigration law".

 

Murphy spoke only to confirm his name and personal details when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex.

 

He was remanded in custody for a plea and case management hearing at Basildon Crown Court on a date to be set during the week beginning November 17.

 

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

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