According to media reports, a 25-year-old Mo Robinson, who was originally from Northern Ireland, was killed in the truck. He may not have been aware of the truck's cargo at all.
The shocking discovery was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, near London, where police were called at 01.40 on Wednesday night. Police first claimed that a lorry registered in Bulgaria had already arrived in Britain via a port in Holyhead in northwest Wales on Saturday. It is about 500 kilometers from Waterglade Industrial Park.
By Wednesday evening, it had become clear that the container containing the bodies had actually arrived in England at the Purfleet harbor on the Thames River by boat from Zeebrugge, Belgium. There, the truck was picked up by a truck from Northern Ireland that was driven by 25-year-old Mo Robinson, according to British media. The car left Purfleet Harbor at 01.05 and, just half an hour later, ambulances found the bodies of 39 people in the container.
Police in Northern Ireland searched two houses in Armagh County Thursday night in connection with the incident. According to Mo Robinson's relatives, the man did not know that there could be people in the container.
The truck, driven by Mo Robinson, has been registered in Varna, Bulgaria since 2007, but was actually located outside Bulgaria. The car company is simply registered in Bulgaria for tax optimization purposes. It is owned by a woman from Northern Ireland.
According to the Zoidu Mail newspaper, the bodies were found in a freezer container and, if the freezer was on, the cause of death was freezing as temperatures drop to minus 25 degrees.
It is not known who exactly died in the refrigeration container, but they are most likely migrants to England. According to British media, they are Chinese. It has not yet been confirmed by the police. At the same time, police have said that organized crime is probably involved.
According to the EXE News, the Belgian authorities have also opened criminal proceedings against the incident.