Essex Lorry Driver Remanded In Custody In England

Tuesday, 29 Oct, 2019

Police have taken forensic samples from people in central Vietnam who believe their family members might have been among the 39 found dead in a container truck in England last week.

Up to 24 Vietnamese families had declared their missing relatives to authorities over the weekend, the website reported.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he had asked the relevant authorities to urgently establish the identities of victims and look into the cases of Vietnamese nationals who were sent overseas illegally.

Church services for missing relatives - including a 19-year-old woman - have been held in the country.

Victims will be identified, where possible, with dental records, fingerprints and DNA, followed by other means such as tattoos and scars, supported by jewellery, clothing or property.

Since the bodies were discovered on Wednesday, several families in Vietnam have expressed concerns over missing relatives.

It comes as reporting revealed a major new revalation about a woman thought to be among the dead. I'm dying because I can't breathe. "Mom, I love you and dad very much".

Hau Dinh reported from Dien Thinh, Vietnam.

None of the victims have been formally identified as detectives try to establish where they came from. "Now we heard she might have died".

Her family said she first left Nghe An on her journey overseas in August.

"So she took a risk and chose to go, and we had to agree". We are in shock. I can not explain our pain and devastating feeling. We were all devastated.

"I can't begin to comprehend what some of you must be going through right now".

The 25-year-old appeared via video link at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today.

Johnson signed a book of condolence Monday and laid flowers in the cargo transit area east of London where the truck was found.

"We mourn those who lost their lives", Johnson wrote.

Security analysts say that added scrutiny has forced smugglers to take ever greater risks and make their attempts to enter Britain through less monitored ports further away from London.

The driver of the vehicle in which 39 people were found dead in the United Kingdom last week has been remanded in custody after the first appearance at a British court on Monday.

Robinson was not asked to indicate a plea and was remanded in custody until he next appears at the Old Bailey on November 25 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

The 25-year-old from County Armagh has also been charged with conspiracy to traffic people, planning to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering. Picture: Linh Pham/Getty Images. He told Reuters he was liaising with family members.

The tragedy has hit Vietnam directly despite initial reports of a Chinese connection.

Vo Ngoc Chuyen, brother of Vo Ngoc Nam, speaks to media at his home in Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province, Vietnam Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

According to a few sources that have told me, in this case they were many people, more than 100 were on their way to a new life, but 39 died.

"If I could travel back in time, I wouldn't have let him go this way", said Hoang Thi Ai, mother of Hoang Van Tiep, 18, who is feared to be among the dead.