Essex

Tilbury Docks container death case accused due in court

Still from video showing stowaways being aided near container at Tilbury Docks on 16 August 2014 Image copyright UGC
Image caption The stowaways arrived in the UK from Belgium in August

A man is to due to appear in court charged following the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.

Martin McGlinchey, 47, of Derryloughan Road, Coalisland, in County Tyrone has been charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, Essex Police said.

The dead man was one of 35 people from Afghanistan, including 15 children, found at Tilbury Docks on 16 August.

Mr McGlinchey is due to appear before magistrates in Basildon on Monday.

Two other men also charged in connection with the death remain in custody and are due to appear at Basildon Crown Court in November.

A 34-year-old from Rose Park, Limavady, County Londonderry and another aged 33, of, Elmgrove, Derry are both charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

The migrants arrived in the UK on a ship from Belgium and were said by police to be victims of people trafficking.

Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Essex Police released a picture of the container the group was found in at Tilbury Docks

They were discovered after dock workers heard banging and screaming coming from one of the containers.

Those found inside were taken to hospital, with many suffering from the effects of severe dehydration and hypothermia.

The dead man was later named as Meet Singh Kapoor, aged 40.

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