Ronan Hughes called the police and investigated the deaths of 39 people in the back of a truck to find out what they knew
A truck company boss reportedly called the police to investigate the deaths of 39 blind passengers in Essex to find out what they knew.
Ronan Hughes and his brother Christopher are searched for suspected homicide and human trafficking after the migrant group was found dead in a container in Thurrock last week.
It was reported this morning that Ronan, who is believed to have the truck in which the bodies were found, called the police shortly after the grim discovery.
In the call at 2 a.m., he is said to have claimed that the driver, Mo Robinson, had nothing to do with human smuggling and knew nothing about the container's cargo.
A source told BelfastLive: "Hughes confirmed that he knew Robinson and urged to answer a number of questions. He gave his (own) date of birth and an address.
"We think he was trying to determine how much and what information the police had at the time. He seemed ready to work with the police, but has not been reachable since. & # 39;
Ronan and his brother Christopher (left) are searched by the police. The truck driver, Mo Robinson (right), was charged with 39 homicides
MailOnline visited the address reportedly by a & # 39; Ronan Hughes & # 39; was specified on the rental document for the container. Those at the address declined to comment
Ronan Hughes is said to have driven the refrigerated trailer out of its depot near the Irish border on October 15 after he signed a rental document, Daily Mail sources said.
According to GPS data, it traveled through Wales and England, crossed the channel to Calais, returned to Kent and then made a second crossing to travel through France and Belgium. It is unclear who was involved in driving during much of the trip.
Police seized a second taxi – presumably owned by Ronan Hughes – in Dublin on Saturday, suspected of bringing the trailer and its doomed passengers to the Zeebrugge docks before crossing the canal last week.
The mail approached Hughes last week in his large, newly built family home in Monaghan, Republic, but he told the reporter to go and said, "Get out of my street, you naughty guy ***. & # 39;
Ronan Hughes was previously detained for two and a half years after being found with six million cigarettes hidden in fruit pallets in Dover Harbor.
The investigation into the deaths of the 39 victims is the largest such investigation in Essex Police history.
The investigation was launched after 39 people were found dead in this truck in Essex last week
Pham Tra My, 26, was the first person named by the family as one of the 39 dead in the container tragedy, and it appears that she was deported from Britain days before
This is the last photo of 15-year-old Nguyen Huy Hung who has been missing since trying to illegally travel to the UK
Who has been arrested or charged so far?
These are the people who have been arrested, charged or released on bail by the police.
Truck driver Maurice Robinson:: The 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and charged with 39 manslaughter, human trafficking and money laundering. He appeared in court in Chelmsford today and will appear at Old Bailey again next month.
Joanna Maher, 38, and her husband Thomas, also 38: The Warrington couple, who previously informed MailOnline that they had sold the container, are said to have been detained on suspicion of conspiring against road users and suspected of 39 homicides. They were released on bail until next month.
Man, 48, from Northern Ireland: The last arrest took place at Stansted Airport. The man's identity has not yet been released, but police said he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy against road users and suspected of homicide.
Man, 20, from Northern Ireland: Arrested after getting off a ferry on Saturday afternoon. A blue Scania truck he was driving was confiscated by the police.
Senior security forces told the Irish Daily Mail that an elite Gardaí unit was "assisting" the British police in the investigation.
Essex police said yesterday that Ronan Hughes – who also comes from Rowan – and his brother are both from Armagh in Northern Ireland. Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper, who heads the investigation, appealed to the public and said, "Finding and speaking to the Hughes brothers is critical to our investigation.
& # 39; We believe they are currently in Northern Ireland, but they also have ties to the Irish Republic.
"This is a case where 39 men and women have died tragically and community support will be crucial to bring those responsible to justice."
The 25 year old truck driver Maurice & # 39; Mo & # 39; Robinson, who picked up the trailer last Wednesday, was charged with 39 homicides.
Another driver suspected of bringing the container to Zeebrugge before crossing the canal is said to appear in court in Dublin today.
The bodies were found early Wednesday morning in a refrigerated trailer attached to a truck in an industrial park in Grays.
The container was picked up in Purfleet in a taxi driven by Robinson from Craigavon in Northern Ireland.
Nguyen Van Hung's shocked family has not heard from him since October 21 when he sent a message that he would take a taxi to the UK
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