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Truck deaths in Essex: suffocating Vietnamese migrants called for help


There were calls to open, open when 39 Vietnamese people struggled to breathe in a sealed container to Britain, a court heard.

On October 23 last year, the men, women and children aged 15 to 44 were found dead in the trailer after it was transported from Zeebrugge, Belgium to Purfleet, Essex.

Old Bailey heard them suffocate at temperatures of up to 38.5 ° C in the pitch-dark interior.

There were "open, open" calls when 39 Vietnamese struggled to breathe in a sealed container to Britain, a court heard

On Tuesday, the jury heard the trailer being loaded onto the Clementine in the port of Zeebrugge at 3 p.m. on October 22nd last year.

The ship started at 3:36 p.m. with the container on the weather deck, which was open to the elements with an outside temperature of 14 ° C.

At 6:25 p.m., a young Vietnamese woman took a series of selfies on her cell phone showing the oppressive conditions inside.

In the next few hours, the inmates tried unsuccessfully to telephone, and one of them called the emergency number of the Vietnamese police.

On a recorded message to his family, 25-year-old Nguyen Tho Tuan said, “I am sorry. I can't take care of you I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I can not breath.

“I want to go back to my family. Have a good life. & # 39;

On October 23 last year, the men, women and children aged 15 to 44 were found dead in the trailer

On October 23 last year, the men, women and children aged 15 to 44 were found dead in the trailer

In another cell phone recording at 8:02 pm, 20-year-old Nguyen Dinh Luong said, “I cannot breathe. I'm sorry, I have to go now. & # 39;

A voice could be heard in the background saying, “Come on, everyone. Open up, open up. & # 39;

In another phone recording two minutes later, the same victim said, “I'm sorry. It's all my fault. & # 39;

A voice in the background then says: "He is dead."

Freight carrier Jason Rook said in a statement that he smelled a "corrosive odor" when the trailer was unloaded.

Eamonn Harrison (right), 23, from County Down, who dropped the caravan in Zeebrugge, and the alleged main organizer Gheorghe Nica (left), 43, from Basildon, fought 39 manslaughter

Eamonn Harrison (right), 23, from County Down, who dropped the caravan in Zeebrugge, and alleged main organizer Gheorghe Nica (left), 43, from Basildon, fought 39 homicides

He said the Clementine arrived in Purfleet around 11:50 p.m. and unloaded three out of four containers before getting to the one in question.

He said, "As I was just passing the doors and reaching the left side of the trailer, I suddenly got a strong odor that I can only describe as a corrosive odor."

Between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. it was assumed that carbon dioxide in the trailer had reached the “poison threshold”, as the court heard.

Eamonn Harrison, 23, from County Down, who dropped the caravan in Zeebrugge, and alleged main organizer Gheorghe Nica (43) from Basildon, fought 39 manslaughter.

Harrison, truck driver Christopher Kennedy, 24, from Co Armagh, Northern Ireland and Valentin Calota, 37, from Birmingham have denied being part of a larger human smuggling conspiracy that Nica has admitted.

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