Derry man cleared of smuggling immigrants

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A Derry man has been cleared of smuggling 35 immigrants into the UK in a container in which one man died.

A jury at Basildon Crown Court found 33-year-old Timothy Murphy, of Elmgrove, Derry, not guilty of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

Murphy was one of four men on trial in relation to the detection of 35 Afghan Sikhs inside a container at Tilbury Docks, Essex on August 15, last year.

Among them was Meet Singh Kapoor, who died in the overnight crossing from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

The jury has yet to reach a verdict on a second Derry Man Stephen McLaughlin and a co-accused Martin McGlinchey from Co.Tyrone.

Both these men also deny conspiring to facilitate illegal entry to the UK.

Earlier this week Taha Sharif, who is Kurdish and was living in Tottenham, London, was found guilty of the same charge.