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Grays lorry deaths: Accused ‘watched Netflix as migrants were loaded’

A LORRY driver accused over the deaths of 39 migrants has told a court he was watching Netflix as people were allegedly loaded into his trailer. 

Eamonn Harrison dropped off a trailer containing Vietnamese migrants at a Belgian port and they were found dead the next day in Essex, jurors heard.

Mr Harrison told the court he did not know there were people in the trailer.

The 23-year-old, of Newry, County Down, denies manslaughter and being involved in a wider people-smuggling operation.

The court had previously been told the 39 victims, aged 15 to 44, suffocated in the sealed trailer en route from Zeebrugge to Purfleet in Essex.

Irish haulier boss Ronan Hughes, 41, and lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 26, have previously admitted manslaughter.

Giving evidence in an Old Bailey trial Mr Harrison told jurors he had agreed to deal with “stolen goods” as he owed Mr Hughes over a drink-drive accident.


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