Essex

Tilbury Docks container death case accused remanded in custody

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 47-year-old man has been remanded in custody in connection with the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.

Martin McGlinchey, 47, of Derryloughan Road, Coalisland, in County Tyrone, appeared before Basildon Magistrates' Court charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

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 Basildon Crown Court on 21 November.

Two other men also charged in connection with the death remain in custody and are also 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.

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

The people from Afghanistan were discovered after dock workers heard banging and screaming coming from a container.

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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