FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, police escort the truck, that was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, as they move it from an industrial estate in Thurrock, south England. Maurice Robinson, the truck driver charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck, pleaded guilty on Monday Nov. 25, 2019, to lesser charges. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Man accused over 39 truck deaths admits immigration offense

November 25, 2019 - 6:14 am

LONDON (AP) — A truck driver charged with manslaughter over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Maurice Robinson has admitted plotting to assist illegal immigration and acquiring criminal property.

Robinson, 25, appeared Monday at London’s Central Criminal Court by video link from prison. He did not enter pleas to 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.

Two other men have been arrested in connection with the case.

The bodies were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays, just east of London. Police say the victims were all from Vietnam and aged between 15 to 44.

The 31 men and eight women are believed to have paid people traffickers for their clandestine transit into England.

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