Two lorry drivers from County Derry have been remanded in custody in England after being charged in connection with the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks in Essex last week.
Stephen McLaughlin who is 34-years old and who has an address at Rose Park in Limavady and 33-year-old Timothy Murphy of Elmgrove in Derry city, appeared separately at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. Both men are accused of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.
The accused only spoke to confirm their names and personal details in court. They are charged with conspiring with each other and “with other persons unknown” to “clandestinely convey 35 Afghan nationals by sea in to an English port which facilitated the commission of a breach of immigration law.”
The alleged offence is said to have taken place between August 1 and 17.
Both men sat quietly in the dock as they were each remanded in custody until a hearing at Basildon Crown Court on a date to be set during the week beginning November 17.
Meet Singh Kapoor, a 40-year old Afghani Sikh, was found dead inside the comtainer at Tilbury Docks on August 16. He was among a group of 35 immigrants, including 13 children, the rest of whom survived.
The group, ranging in age from one to 72 are believed to have fled their homes in Afghanistan after suffering persecution.