Essex lorry deaths: Driver found 39 dead migrants 'suffocated' in container 'which became their tomb'

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Key points: 

  • Trial begins over deaths of 39 migrants found inside lorry container in Essex
  • The bodies of the Vietnamese nationals were discovered at an industrial estate in October 2019
  • Eamonn Harrison, 23, and Gheorghe Nica, 43, each face 39 charges of manslaughter
  • Harrison is also accused of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration
  • Valentin Calota, 37, and Christopher Kennedy, 24, each face one count of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration
  • Ahead of the trial, Nica pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge
  • He and the other three defendants deny the other charges against them
  • Live reporting from the Old Bailey by David Mercer, news reporter

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