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Four men have been jailed for the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants who were found dead in a lorry in Essex.
The bodies were found in Waterglade Industrial Park in Greys in October 2019, sparking a murder investigation by police.
A judge said the people in the lorry would have suffered ‘excruciatingly painful’ deaths, having travelled from Belgium to Purfleet and suffocating in the container.
As reported by BBC News, Ronan Hughes, 41, and Gheorghe Nica, 43, were sentenced to 20 and 27 years respectively, having played ‘leading roles’ in helping to transport the people to the UK.
Eamonn Harrison, 24, was also sentenced to eight years behind bars, found responsible of towing the trailer to Zeebrugge in Belgium before its journey to Britain.
Maurice Robinson, 26, who collected the trailer and drove it to the industrial park, was handed 13 years and four months in prison.
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