TYHOLLAND HAULIER TO BE EXTRADITED TO UK TO FACE MIGRANT LORRY DEATH CHARGES

19 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A haulier from Tyholland, Co Monaghan was last week ordered by the High Court in Dublin to be extradited to the UK to face charges alleging involvement in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people whose bodies were discovered in a lorry trailer in Essex in England last October. Ronan Hughes of Leitrim, Silverstream is wanted in the UK on 39 charges of manslaughter and a charge of assisting unlawful immigration.

Rejecting Mr Hughes’ appeal against his extradition in the High Court on Friday, Mr Justice Paul Burns said he found that the alleged offences had occurred in the UK and the UK had jurisdiction to prosecute them. The bodies of the Vietnamese migrants were discovered in a refrigerated trailer parked on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, on October 23 last year after it had been shipped to the UK from Belgium. A lack of oxygen was found to be the cause of their deaths.

Detective Sergeant James Kirwan of the Garda’s Extradition Section told the High Court that it was the Gardaí’s belief that between May 1 2018 and October 24 2019 Ronan Hughes conspired with others to smuggle illegal migrants into the UK. The migrants were smuggled in commercial trailers owned…

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