HAULIER IN MIGRANT DEATHS CASE BRINGS DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST UK POLICE

30 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The brother of the Monaghan haulier who has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge arising from the deaths of 39 migrants found in a lorry container in England last year has begun a court action for defamation against senior UK police officers involved in the investigation. Christopher Hughes, also a haulier, with an address at Middletown, Co Armagh entered the defamation proceedings at the High Court in Dublin. Christopher Hughes has not faced any charges in relation to the incident. At an early stage of the investigation, police in the UK made a public call on both brothers to come forward to assist in the enquiry.

At the Old Bailey last August Ronan Hughes, with an address at Tyholland, Co Monaghan, pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter and to conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between May 2018 and October of last year. Maurice Robinson from Co Armagh has also pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The trial of four other men in connection with the incident is currently taking place in London. Christopher Hughes is suing the Chief Constable of Essex Police BJ Hamilton, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith and Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten for defamation.

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