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Maurice Robinson opens the back of the trailer, where the bodies of migrants who came to the UK for a better life were packed inside, in Grays, Essex, after he was told to “give them air quickly, but don’t let them out”
CCTV shows the harrowing moment 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of an airtight lorry trailer that was a toxic and sweltering “tomb”.
He is 26 years old.
Maurice Robinson Finds Migrants Dead
In the video, trucker Maurice Robinson parks up and opens the right-hand door as steam pours from the back of the HGV container in Grays, Essex, just after 1 is on October 23 last year.
Just minutes earlier, Irish hauler boss Ronan Hughes, 41, sent a Snapchat message telling Robinson to “give them air quickly, but don’t let them out”.
The video was shown during the trial of four men who were found guilty on Monday. Two were convicted of manslaughter.
After opening the door, lorry driver Robinson spends some time on his phone before getting back into his cab and driving off, only to return to the same avenue, where he called 999 some 23 minutes after finding the bodies.
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The Old Bailey heard the distressing 999 call in which Robinson tells an operator the trailer was “jammed” with bodies.
The migrants – 28 men, eight women, and three children aged between 15 and 44 – had suffocated as the sweltering trailer became a “tomb” with the temperature reaching an “unbearable” a 38.5C (101F), the Old Bailey was told.
CCTV shows Robinson pulling open the right-side door – revealing the bodies – as the first Essex Police officers arrived minutes later
The distressing video was shown during the trial of four men who were accused of being involved in an international smuggling ring.
Ringleader Gheorghe Nica, 43, from Basildon, in Essex, and lorry driver Eamonn Harrison, 23, from County Down, Ireland, were found guilty on Monday of 39 counts of manslaughter.
They were also convicted of their part in the people-smuggling operation with lorry driver Christopher Kennedy, 24, from County Armagh, and Valentin Calota, 38, from Birmingham.
The verdicts bring the total number of people convicted in Britain to eight, including haulier boss Ronan Hughes, 41, of Armagh, and 26-year-old lorry driver Maurice Robinson, of Craigavon, who admitted manslaughter.
Prosecutors are considering charges against a further three people.
The maximum sentence for people-smuggling is 14 years in prison with manslaughter carrying a possible life sentence.