The truck driver who picked up a container of -25 ° C with 39 migrants freezing to death was part of an international human trafficking that illegally brought large numbers of people to Britain, a court heard today.
Maurice & # 39; Mo & # 39; Robinson, 25, who opened the container to find piles of bodies, appeared via video link to the Chelmsford Magistrates Court accused of 39 counts of manslaughter, two counts of human trafficking and one of money laundering.
In a gray training suit with prison issue, he appeared via a video link where the 43 charges he was confronted with were read one by one.
Attorney Iguyovwe Oghenerouna said that the suspect is involved in a global ring that allows the relocation of large numbers of illegal immigrants to the UK & # 39 ;.
Robinson, from Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, whose partner is expecting twins, has not pleaded and only spoke to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
At the end of the five-minute hearing, he was detained until November 25, where he will appear at the Old Bailey in London.
Maurice & # 39; Mo & # 39; Robinson, 25, (right) appeared via video link to Chelmsford Magistrates & # 39; Court (left) accused of 39 graves of manslaughter, two graves of human trafficking and one of money laundering
Police guard Chelmsford Magistrates & Court today, where the truck driver in the middle of the scandal was redirected to the Old Bailey
The 39 stowaways who died were found in the back of Robinson's truck, pictured after he had driven him away from Purfleet docks
Who has been arrested or charged so far?
While the police in the UK continue to investigate the 39 migrants who lost their lives upon entering the country, we keep track of who has been arrested so far.
Maurice Mo Robinson truck driver: Arrested on suspicion of murder, the 25-year-old was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, human trafficking and money laundering. He will appear in court today in Chelmsford.
Mo Robinson is the truck driver who was arrested after 39 people were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving
Joanna Maher, 38, and her husband Thomas, also 38: The Warrington couple who had previously told MailOnline that they had sold the container are supposed to have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter.
They have been released until next month.
Mrs. Maher, a mother of three, pictured with her truck driver husband Thomas, told MailOnline that she had sold the truck involved in the death of 39 migrants to an Irish transport company 13 months ago.
48-year-old man from Northern Ireland: The last arrest took place at Stansted Airport. The identity of the man has not yet been revealed, but the police said he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and suspected manslaughter.
20 year old man from Northern Ireland: The man was arrested after stepping off a ferry Saturday afternoon. A blue Scania truck that he was driving was seized by the police.
The truck driver allegedly called 999 after opening his back doors at an industrial estate in Thurrock, Essex, to find piles of dead bodies in the early hours of Wednesday.
Four others have been arrested by the police – including the Irish couple who were the last known owners of the truck, Joanna and Thomas Maher, from Warrington, Cheshire, who have been rescued.
A 48-year-old man, who was not named, was arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and suspected manslaughter on Friday night.
24 hours later, a 20-year-old man from Northern Ireland was detained after he boarded a ferry in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, where the police seized his blue Scania truck.
The names of eight suspected victims feared by their families are: Pham Tra My, 26, Hung Nguyen, 33, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Le Van Ha, 30, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28 , Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, and Hoang Van Tiep, 18.
Their horrific stories began to pop up when their families revealed that they had not heard from their loved ones since the tragedy on Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.
The victims seem to be mainly from Vietnam and travel with fake Chinese passports from traders in the Fujian region east of Hong Kong, dominated by the so-called & # 39; Snakeshead & # 39; gangs.
In Belgium, the police hunt for the driver who delivered the trailer to Zeebrugge, the port he left before arriving in the UK.
All victims have now been moved from the truck in Tilbury Docks to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, for post-mortem examinations.
Pham Tra My, 26, was in touch with no one at home after she sent a final horrible message when she crossed from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Purfleet, Essex and said: “I can't breathe. Mom, I'm so sorry. & # 39;
She was traded for £ 30,000 to Britain after her parents, who earn about £ 300 a month, added the debt to their mortgage – and now her brother has claimed that her tragic journey across the North Sea was her second crossing.
He said to the Vietnamese press: & # 39; She was arrested a few days ago (in Britain) and they brought her back to France. Now we heard that she might have died & # 39 ;.
Pham had been promised to travel to Britain by car or plane and was charged with the & # 39; VIP & # 39; route – but instead the young woman is feared to be frozen to death in the freight container after having sent a horrific series of messages to her parents, saying: & # 39; I'm dying. & # 39;
Her father Pham Van Thin said: & # 39; We tried to talk her out because it would be a very difficult journey – but she said: & # 39; If I don't go, the family would remain in a difficult situation due to the debt & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; So she took a risk and we had to agree. We are in shock. I cannot explain our pain. We were all broken. If I had known that she would follow this path, I would not have let her go. & # 39;
He also told CNN that smugglers said the crossing & # 39; a safe route & # 39; and that people would go by plane or car.
Joanna and Thomas Maher, arrested in connection with the death of Essex trucks due to historical links with the truck. They have now been released on bail
On Saturday, the police seized three expensive cars & a motorcycle from an Irish transport company boss and his wife from their ride in Warrington
The smugglers who had to cram 39 people in an ice-cold truck, were considered by the grieving father of one of the victims as & # 39; cruel and evil & # 39; labeled.
Nyguen Thanh Le spoke out after the grim task of delivering a DNA sample to help identify his 33-year-old son Nguyen Van Hung
Vietnamese authorities visited his home this weekend to collect a hair sample that will result in his music-loving son Nguyen Van Hung, also known as Hung Nguyen, being formally identified.
His shocked family has not heard from him since October 21 when he sent a message that he & # 39; by taxi & # 39; went to the UK.
The music graduate is thought to have told his parents that he was being smuggled into the UK in a taxi instead of the back of a truck because he didn't want to worry them.
Then Le said: & # 39; The people who have done this are cruel and evil. The driver only has to stop and let the people out and give them a chance to live. & # 39;
The 55-year-old wife Pham Thi Lan was sitting in front of sobs while she & # 39; loving son & # 39; remembered who was kind to the family and his brothers and sisters.
Officials have yet to confirm that their son is among the 39 victims found in the back of a refrigerated truck.
But like other families in the rural province bordering 170 miles from Hanoi, the lack of communication when they were about to begin the final stage of their journey from Vietnam was sufficiently confirmed to know that they had died.
A visit from the local police to collect a DNA sample was further proof to Mr. Thi Lan that his son had died.
Van Hung, the second oldest of six children, worked in France as a dishwasher in a Vietnamese restaurant when he paid smugglers to take him across the Channel.
He had entered France illegally over a year ago with his father who said he had hoped to get work in a nail bar and had been looking forward to the UK.
He said that Van Hung decided to leave his hometown in search of better work. Many others had come to the UK safely and could send money home to support their families.
Despite obtaining a degree in music studies at a university in the city of Huey, Van Hung could not have found a well-paid job.
After a series of low-income jobs, he decided to quit Vietnam completely and move to France. Van Hung would keep in regular contact with his parents who call or send messages every week or two weeks.
The calls ended abruptly on October 21 with his latest message that he was being taken by taxi from France to the UK.
Thanh Le said he had no idea how his son came into contact with human smugglers or how much he had paid for his journey to the UK.
While family and friends gathered in a sheltered area in front of their house, the police summoned a DNA sample.
This will be used by Essex-based forensic experts to offer a match with the bodies pulled from the refrigerated truck that arrived on a crossing from Zeebrugge last week.
Thanh Le said his son had gone abroad for a better life. It was for the same reason that 18-year-old Hoang Van Tiep had left his family in Yen Thanh to risk his life in the UK.
His father, Hoag, said his teenage son had also told him that he would travel to the UK by taxi. The family had raised £ 17,500 to smuggle people to get the teenager to the UK.
His route first brought him to Russia before he arrived in France in 2018 and last week boarded the ill-fated truck container that became an icy tomb.
Pham Tra My, 26, was the first person to be named by family as one of the 39 deaths in the container tragedy and it seems that she was deported from Britain days earlier
The shocked family of Nguyen Van Hung has not heard from him since 21 October when he sent a message that he & # 39; by taxi & # 39; went to the UK
The family of the youngest female victim of the horror of the freezer container has pleaded to bring her body back to Vietnam so that they can say a final goodbye.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, is feared as one of the 39 people found dead in the back of a container that arrived from Belgium.
Her older sister Bui Thi Loan told MailOnline that she wanted her body to be repatriated so that she could be buried in the village she had left in search of a better life.
& # 39; We pray for a miracle that Anna is still alive, but we don't have much hope & # 39 ;, said the 26-year-old.
& # 39; Now we just want Anna to come home. We want to be able to bury her and mourn.
& # 39; She was just looking for a better life and we are still struggling to understand how this happened. & # 39;
While Bui spoke, the teenager's mother was lying on the bed in the family home too sad to speak or move.
It is when the transport boss and his wife Thomas and Joanna Maher, who have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, have been released on bail.
Earlier they told MailOnline that they had had the container in which the remains of the victims were found until last year. They are now in custody until 11 November.
Family members gathered in the courtyard of the house in the village of Yen Thanh in the province of Nghe An, bordering 170 miles from the country's capital Hanoi.
They were smoking and drinking tea while a procession of visitors was called to pay their respects to an improvised sanctuary with a picture of Anna.
The victims were thought to have fake Chinese passports – but it is believed that they come from Vietnam
Photos show the inside of the refrigerated trailer where 39 people were found dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Mo Robinson was pictured posing in front of a truck with a cowboy hat and a drink in hand (left), and also lurking earlier at the police (right). He's in court
Less than half a mile away in the same village, another family had built a shrine for former soldier Nguyen Dinh Tu.
Relatives revealed that they were certain that he was one of those who died because he would meet relatives – both illegal in the UK – and did not show up.
His brother Nguyen Van Tinh said they had contacted family members, but admitted that they were living illegally in the UK because they were too scared to contact the police investigating death.
Van Tinh handed MailOnline a picture of his brother, which he requested to send to the Essex police to assist with any identification.
The photo shows Dinh Tu sitting on a bench in the park with his right arm covered with tattoos.
MailOnline has emailed the photo to Essex Police and provided family contact information.
Although more than half a dozen names of potential victims have been revealed, authorities in Vietnam have not contacted families to request identification.
Vietnam authorities confirmed that 24 families had contacted them for fear that their loved ones were victims of the fall of the truck.
The families come from two county areas, Ha Tinh and Nghe An.
It was thought that the victims were carrying false Chinese passports after embarking on their dangerous journey to the UK from China.
The terrible events of recent days are just the last example of the trade in & # 39; human freight & # 39; between China and Great Britain, a 5000-mile route through Asia and mainland Europe that can last a month
Robinson arrived in the UK on the weekend after a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. He picked up the trailer, which was shipped from Zeebrugge to Purfleet. Minutes later, he entered the Essex industrial estate and the alarm was sounded
Close relatives said that Dinh Tu, who has a young son, was an acquaintance of Anna who had hoped to work as a nail stylist after arriving in the UK.
& # 39; He knew her, because this is such a small place, but they were not so good friends. He would have recognized her when they met & # 39 ;, said a family friend.
Family members named a third victim from the same village as former police officer Le Van Ha.
This has resulted in Yen Thanh & # 39; The Village of the Damned & # 39; is mentioned because other 39 victims are thought to come from the same area where there is poverty and jobs are scarce.
All three victims had left Yen Thanh a few months ago hoping to find work in the UK and send money home to support extended families.
Anna, who left the school without a diploma at the age of 15, had told family and friends that she had traveled to China and Germany before reportedly climbing into the ill-fated refrigerated container that ended up in Essex.
Her cousin 30-year-old Tran Dinh Luc said she was a & # 39; happy friendly girl & # 39; had been trying to build a new life and help her family after the death of her father two years ago.
& # 39; We all miss her terribly, but maintain a miracle that she didn't end up in the truck.
& # 39; We want her back home. The family can only grieve when she is home. & # 39;
Her aunt said that she has nothing but contempt for those responsible and wants justice for her niece.
& # 39; People who have done this must be called to account & said, "Vu Thi Bich Thao.
& # 39; What kind of people can put others in a container and let them die. It is so cruel. & # 39;
The family followed the developments on their smartphones and was aware that the truck driver had been given 39 counts for manslaughter.
But his arrest is of little consolation as they deal with the horrific last moments of loved ones while desperately trying to escape from the icy grave in the container.
& # 39; It makes me so sad to think of how Anna felt in those last minutes, & # 39; a friend said.
& # 39; She must, like the others, have been terrified and want to get out.
Bich Thao said her cousin wanted to earn money to send to her mother so that she could pay off her debts.
She said that many of the houses in the village were built with money sent back by relatives who had moved abroad to find work.
Relatives had clubbed together to find the $ 10,000 demanded by human smugglers to get Anna to the UK.
Before Anna boarded the truck, she posted photos on her Facebook account where she drank bubble tea in Brussels.
Her family last heard of her on October 21, and it is the silence in the last days of the dew that has convinced her that she is dead.
A short distance away from the parental home of victim Dinh Tu, his brother said he just wanted to arrange a funeral for his younger brother.
He told how his younger brother had left Vietnam three months ago and worked in a factory in Romania, where he received just over £ 400 a month.
& # 39; He had to pay for his accommodation with the money and it was not enough. That's why he tried to come to the UK, & he said.
Nguyen Van Tinh said the widow of his brother Hoang Thi Thuong was so destroyed that she was admitted to the hospital.
& # 39; Hair is not doing well, & # 39; he said. & # 39; This has hurt the family. & # 39;
Van Tinh confirmed that on his arrival in the UK his brother would be met by two other family members who would help him find work.
He said both men worked illegally and were smuggled into the country.
& # 39; They are too scared to come forward and say something, & # 39; said Van Tinh whose eyes were red with weeping.
As usual, a small sanctuary with fruit and flowers was arranged around a photo of Dinh Tu in a front room of the house.
Visitors were asked to light an incense stick and place it next to the photo, which according to a Vietnamese tradition is meant to guide a soul home.
The driver of the cooled trailer is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and human trafficking.
Of the 31 men and eight women, they were initially believed to be Chinese, but several Vietnamese families have now expressed the fear that their relatives are among the dead.
Many are believed to have come from impoverished villages in central Vietnam, where some families now fear the worst.
Le Minh Tuan has not heard from his son Le Van Ha since a post on Facebook about a week ago that said: & I'm about to get into a car to Great Britain. I contact the family when I arrive in England, Dad. & # 39;
That was two days before the cooled trailer filled with corpses was discovered in Essex, east of London.
& # 39; We haven't heard from him since, & # 39; Tuan said to AFP, his eyes red with crying.
& # 39; He was certainly in that truck. I just want my son's body at home, & he said in Yen Hoi village, Nghe An province.
The 30-year-old left his two young sons and wife in Vietnam in June and traveled to Turkey, then Greece and France on the way to the UK.
Ha hoped to find work to repay $ 30,000 to smugglers to get him to Europe, and another $ 8,500 loan to build the family home.
& # 39; He wanted to pay the debts … and send money back to his children so that they could have a better life, & # 39; his father said, clinging to his grandson and crying.
Nearby, the mother of the missing 28-year-old man, Vo Ngoc Nam, said she had not heard of her son's fate who had worked in Romania and was planning to travel to Britain.
& # 39; I have been anxiously awaiting news from him in recent days, but we have nothing & # 39 ;, the affected mother told AFP.
Villagers planned to gather later in the day for Sunday Mass to pray for the 39 victims.
Central Vietnam is a common feeder for illegal migrants who are pursuing promises of wealth overseas. Many work illegally in the UK in nail bars or on cannabis farms, with heavy debts and subject to exploitation.
So far, five people have been arrested in Britain for the tragedy, the country's biggest murder case since the 2005 London suicide attacks.
The Essex police say they want to speed up the fingerprint identification and DNA testing process, but said it would take time.
The media in Vietnam reported that 12 families had contacted the authorities for fear that their loved ones were among the victims.
The dozen included families of Yen Thanh and Ha Tinh.
The Essex police expect that full identification of all victims will take several weeks.
Dreaming of a better life: faces of the migrants who died in a truck disaster while trying to enter the UK – as 25 of the 39 victims come from the same Vietnamese village
Hoping for a better life, here are the faces of the 39 people who are believed to have frozen to the back of a truck after a desperate attempt to reach Britain.
The victims were discovered naked or with minimal clothing and had desperately pounded the doors & # 39; for help and & # 39; foam came from their mouth & # 39 ;.
The bodies of eight women and 31 men could have been frozen in the truck for a few days when they were discovered on Wednesday in Grays, Essex, after the container traversed the channel via refugee hotspots.
It is now thought that no fewer than 25 of the 39 victims are Vietnamese and from the same impoverished coastal region of Yen Than. Family members said that most would work in nail studios.
VietHome, a British organization trying to help UK-based Vietnamese residents, said it had received 20 photos and names of people who were afraid of having been in the truck container.
Eight suspect victims have come to light so far: Hung Nguyen, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, Nguyen Dinh Tu, Le Van Ha, Vo Ngoc Nam, Pham Thi Tra My, Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong and Hoang Van Tiep.
All 39 people have been moved from Tilbury Docks to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and are formally identified.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, from Vietnam, paid an agent more than $ 10,000 hoping to enter the UK.
The nail technician who paid £ 8,800 to reach England
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, from Vietnam an agent paid more than £ 8,000 ($ 10,000) hoping to enter the UK to work as a nail technician, according to a family member.
Her mother and sister cried today as they set up an altar with incense and a picture of the suspect victim where family and friends can pray in their home in the village of Do Thanh.
The family heard from a friend in the UK that & # 39; Nhung is one of the victims & # 39 ;, said one of her relatives, who visited the mother of the missing teenager.
Nhung and many others from the Yen Thanh district, where the village is located, about 200 kilometers south of Hanoi, travel abroad in search of the kind of money they cannot earn at home. One of their main goals is to send back enough so that their families can build large houses that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
On October 21, days before her family lost contact with her and the news about the doomed container appeared, Nhung wrote in a Facebook message: "Growing up means you have to hide your grief in the dark and smile at you." face must hold. & # 39;
A family member looks at a picture of Nhung. The 19-year-old wanted to work as a nail technician, according to a family member
Nhung's family said she left Nhung for the first time on her trip abroad in August. She first went to China, before finally heading to Germany and then to Belgium, where they think she was boarding the ill-fated truck.
& # 39; I just want a peaceful life, & # 39; Nhung wrote in a caption under a photo of her smiling in a green field a few weeks after she left Vietnam.
Late on Saturday evening, Nhung's family, without hope, had an altar erected in her memory, with her photo next to her father's.
Her father died of cancer a few years ago. Her mother was unable to work due to health complications, so her loved ones went clubbing together to finance a new life abroad, the Nhung family said.
& # 39; Nhung did not have the qualifications to get a good job with a great reward. Her friends and many others here either, & # 39; said Nhung's uncle, Hoang Binh.
& # 39; Going abroad and sending money back was the only choice & # 39 ;, he added.
At the beginning of September it was not clear where she was, but Nhung was already well on her journey and was thinking about her next steps.
In addition to a stock image of two children flying kites at sunset, she posted: & # 39; While I grow up, I see that life is not as peaceful as I always thought. When I grow up, I want to go back to my childhood, when I lived free & # 39 ;.
Ton Quang Tuan, one of Nhung & # 39; s friends who live in Berlin, said that & # 39; we went out a few times when Nhung was in Berlin & # 39; and added that she was in a good mood, very happy, but she lost contact after she said she had to leave for Britain.
It was not clear how Nhung had traveled from the Vietnamese countryside to China and then Berlin, but the German capital has emerged in recent years as a stage for Vietnamese and other migrants wanting to start a new life in Britain.
& # 39; I feel lonely at the place that I dreamed of every day & # 39 ;, Nhung wrote on September 25.
It was unclear where she was – Vietnamese smugglers would advise their subjects to live discreetly and not to give away too many clues to avoid detecting the authorities.
A few days later, Nhung was depicted outside the Berlin Cathedral with a cup of bubble tea in her hands.
Nhung was in Belgium at the end of October. She placed photos of herself, again with a cup of bubble tea in her hand, excitedly exploring the sights of Brussels, including the old stock exchange and the busy thoroughfare Rue Auguste Orts passage.
It was from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge that the doomed container finally left. Her family believes she was on board.
In Berlin, Nhung wrote: & # 39; Back in Vietnam, I thought Europe was pink. But it turns out to be black & # 39 ;.
The & # 39; VIP & # 39; traveler who paid £ 30,000 in the belief that she would travel to Britain by plane and car and sent harrowing messages to her mother when she died in the back of an ice-cold truck that crossed the North Sea
Suspicious victim Pham Thi Tra My, 26, sent her mother a series of harrowing messages that she & # 39; loved her & # 39; and & # 39; died because she could not breathe & # 39; in the moments before her death, her family has claimed
The alleged victim Pham Thi Tra My, 26, from Vietnam sent her mother a series of harrowing reports that she & # 39; loved her & # 39; and & # 39; died because she could not breathe & # 39; in the moments before her death, her family has claimed.
They claim that they have paid £ 30,000 for their daughter's smugglers to travel to the UK via China in search of a better life.
She comes from Ha Tinh, an impoverished province in a part of Vietnam, where many illegal migrants come from.
Nguyen Thi Phong and Pham Van Thin, told CNN that it & # 39; very painful & # 39; was to receive the text – she said she must have known she was going to die when she sent it.
& # 39; I have lost both my loved one and my money, & # 39; said her father Pham, claiming that he and his partner had scraped the money together to pay their daughter to travel to the UK.
The pair, who earn between them about $ 400 a month, said the smugglers did not tell how their daughter would be transported to the UK.
& # 39; The smugglers said this was a … safe route, that people would go by plane, car … if I had known that they would go along this route, I would not have let her go, & # 39; Pham added.
A human rights activist in Vietnam, who spoke with Tra My & # 39; s family, revealed that she was making the dangerous journey because her family was in debt and desperately trying to help them.
Her family claims that they have paid £ 30,000 for their daughter's smugglers to travel to the UK via China & # 39; in search of a better life & # 39;
In text messages sent Tuesday at 10:28 GMT, two hours before they were all found dead, Pham Thi Tra told her mother: & # 39; I love you so much … I'm sorry & # 39; (photo)
& # 39; She just returned from Japan, where she worked to pay off the debt. And that wasn't enough, so she was looking for a better future & # 39 ;, she told the BBC.
The human rights activist asked to remain anonymous: & # 39; It is very sad for this girl to take the risk because she was dealing with debts created by another man in the family.
& # 39; And I also learned that the service they used & # 39; very important service & # 39; and so it is like a business class ticket on the truck and with that she had to pay two or three times the price of the cheap ticket. & # 39;
The human rights worker added that migrants are told that they can make huge amounts of money by moving to the UK, and that the 26-year-old might be convinced to get a & # 39; VIP ticket & # 39; to get there.
He added the family's home to get that money for her, human rights worked.
Pham Thi Tra & # 39; s latest text messages were sent on Tuesday at 10:28 pm BST – two hours before the truck reached the UK, as it was on its way from Belgium.
She said to her mother: & I'm sorry, Mommy. My trip abroad has not been successful. Mom, I love you so much. I'm dying because I can't breathe. & # 39;
Tra My's brother told the BBC on Friday that his sister had told them not to contact her because & # 39; the organizers & # 39; haar niet toestonden om gebeld te worden.
Hij zei dat ze vanuit haar huis in Can Lộc, een plattelandsdistrict van de provincie Hà T innh in Vietnam, naar China was gevlogen en vervolgens naar Frankrijk was vertrokken en in eerste instantie op 19 oktober probeerde de grens over te steken naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk, maar 'gepakt' werd en terugkwam.
Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, afgebeeld op Montmartre in Parijs was van plan om in een nagelsalon te werken toen hij in Groot-Brittannië aankwam
20-jarige verarmde Vietnamese provincie met dromen van een beter leven in een Britse nagelbar
Een andere van de verdachte slachtoffers bleek Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20 te zijn.
Zijn vader Nguyen Dinh Gia zei dat zijn zoon hem twee weken geleden vertelde dat hij van plan was om vanuit Frankrijk naar Groot-Brittannië te reizen, waar hij sinds 2018 illegaal woonde.
Hij zei dat hij £ 10.000 ($ 14.000) zou betalen voor de reis en was van plan in een nagelsalon te werken toen hij in Groot-Brittannië aankwam.
Maar Gia werd enkele dagen geleden gebeld door een Vietnamese man die zei: 'Heb alstublieft wat sympathie, er gebeurde iets onverwachts', zei hij tegen AFP.
'Ik viel op de grond toen ik dat hoorde,' vertelde Gia aan AFP.
'Het leek erop dat hij met het ongeluk in de vrachtwagen zat, allemaal dood,' voegde hij eraan toe.
Zijn vader vertelde The Associated Press dat hij hem sinds vorige week niet had kunnen bereiken. Hij had gezegd dat hij zich zou aansluiten bij een groep in Parijs die Engeland probeerde te bereiken.
'Hij belde vaak naar huis, maar ik heb hem niet kunnen bereiken sinds de laatste keer dat we vorige week hebben gepraat,' zei Nguyen Dinh Gia. 'Ik heb hem gezegd dat hij overal heen kon gaan waar hij maar wil, zolang het veilig is. Hij moet zich geen zorgen maken om geld, ik zorg er wel voor. & # 39;
Hij zei dat zijn zoon in 2017 het huis in de provincie Ha Tinh verliet om in Rusland te werken, daarna naar Oekraïne. In april 2018 arriveerde hij in Duitsland en reisde vervolgens naar Frankrijk. Hij vertelde zijn familie dat hij naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk wilde gaan.
De oudere broer van Luong, Pham Dinh Hai, zei dat Luong een tatoeage van biddende handen had op een kruis op zijn rechterschouder. De familie zei dat ze de informatie hadden gedeeld met de lokale autoriteiten. Luong komt ook uit Ha Tinh.
Een van de nieuw genoemde verdachte slachtoffers, Nguyen Dinh Tu
De ex-soldaat die zijn vrouw en jonge zoon thuis liet
Een van de nieuw genoemde verdachte slachtoffers, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, had een paar maanden geleden zijn vrouw Hoang Thi Thuong gevraagd om hem te helpen £ 11.000 ($ 14.000) in te zamelen om de kosten van een illegale reis van Duitsland naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk te dekken.
Mevrouw Hoang onthulde dat hij illegaal in Roemenië en Duitsland had gewerkt en haar had gesmeekt om geld om naar het VK te gaan.
'Ik verloor het contact met hem op 21 oktober,' zei Thuong met tranen in haar ogen. 'Ik heb een grote schuld om te betalen, geen hoop en geen energie om iets te doen'.
Tu's vader zei dat familieleden in het Verenigd Koninkrijk hem hadden verteld dat Tu in de vrachtwagen zat en van plan was hem op te halen.
'Ze moesten hem ophalen bij het afleverpunt, maar ze belden en zeiden dat Tu in die vrachtwagen zat,' zei Tu's vader, Nguyen Dinh Sat.
'Ik heb niets van mijn zoon gehoord'.
Tu had een paar maanden geleden zijn vrouw Hoang Thi Thuong (op de foto met haar zoon) gevraagd hem te helpen £ 11.000 ($ 14.000) in te zamelen om de kosten van een illegale reis van Duitsland naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk te dekken
Father-of-two Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, is also feared to have been in the ill-fated container
Father-of-two who called his family on day of tragedy asking them to pray for his safe journey to Britain
Father-of-two Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, is also feared to have been in the ill-fated container.
His wife, Ta Thi Oanh, told Vietnamese media that he had called her last Tuesday afternoon to say he was on the truck going to Britain.
He asked her to call her parents and ask them to pray for him, but has not been heard of since.
De vader van de heer Nam, Vo Ngoc Luyen, zei: 'Na het lezen van informatie over de 39 mensen in de container in het VK, is mijn familie erg geschrokken. We wachten vol spanning op officiële informatie van de autoriteiten. & # 39;
Nam is believed to have travelled to Romania, before Germany and France, to find work. The local report described the family situation as 'difficult'.
Hoang Van Tiep, 18, (right) is feared to have died alongside his cousin in the container
The youngest to die: Victim believed his £13,500 to traffickers would mean a taxi into Britain
Believed to be the youngest victim, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, is feared to have died with his cousin Hung Nguyen.
Tiep left home two years ago after his family got a £13,500 loan to pay for him to travel to Russia and on to France.
He had left his family in Yen Thanh to risk his life getting into the UK.
His father Hoag said his teenager son had also told him that he would be travelling by taxi to the UK. The family had raised the £17,500 to pay people smugglers get the teen into the UK.
Cousins Hung Nguyen, 33, (right) and Hoang Van Tiep (left) were both feared to be in the container
The dishwasher who had been trafficked to France and had waited for his cousin before crossing the Channel
Hung Nguyen, 33, had been working in France as a dishwasher before his trip to Britain.
His family paid smugglers £13,400 last year to get him to France, and were asked for a similar amount last week.
He was reunited with his cousin Hoang Van Tiep for the final leg of the journey to Britain and are feared dead together, their families say.
A picture of carpenter Le Van Ha is kept on a prayer altar at his house in Vietnam's Nghe province
Former policeman who never met his new baby back home in Vietnam
Carpenter Le Van Ha is feared to have died without ever meeting his three-month-old son.
The 30-year-old left his heavily pregnant wife and their two young sons in June, when he travelled to Turkey, then Greece and France on his way to Britain.
Relatives said his widow Tran Thi Hoa, 29, was suffering from shock after she only learned he was missing when officials asked her for a photograph to help with identification.
His father Le Minh Huan said Ha had wanted to send money home to his family, to clear the £23,000 paid to people smugglers and another £6,600 loan to build his family's home.
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