Jack Quann
Jack Quann

15.45 8 Nov 2019


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Ten teenagers were among the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated trailer in England last month, police there have confirmed.

Essex Police on Friday released the names of the 31 men and eight women whose bodies were found in an industrial park on October 23rd.

They confirmed on Thursday that they were all Vietnamese nationals.

The youngest two were just 15-years-old and the oldest was 44-years-old.

DNA from families who believed their relatives were victims was used to identify many of them.

Formal identification was done through an identification commission, overseen by Essex senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray.

Essex lorry Police officers work at the scene where 39 bodies were found in a shipping container in Essex, Britain | Image: Ray Tang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The senior officer in overall charge of the enquiry is Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith.

He said: "This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.

"Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims' friends and families.

"It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual's next of kin were informed, and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one's identity."

Coroner Beasley-Murray said: "May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families. My thoughts are with them at this unimaginably difficult time."

The people who died were:

Pham Thi Tra My, 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Phong, 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Nhan Du, 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Manh Hung, 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Tran Khanh Tho, 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Vo Van Linh, 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Van Nhan, 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Bui Phan Thang, 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh
Nguyen Huy Hung, 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh
Tran Thi Tho, 21-year-old woman from Nghe An
Bui Thi Nhung, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Vo Ngoc Nam, 28-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Van Ha, 30-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Ngoc, 19-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hung, 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Hoang Van Tiep, 18-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Tien Dung, 37-year-old man from Nghe An
Cao Huy Thanh, 33-year-old man from Nghe An
Tran Thi Mai Nhung, 18-year-old woman from Nghe An
Nguyen Minh Quang, 20-year-old man from Nghe An
Le Trong Thanh, 44-year-old man from Dien Chau
Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, 28-year-old woman from Nghe An
Hoang Van Hoi, 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Tho Tuan, 25-year-old man from Nghe An
Dang Huu Tuyen, 22-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Trong Thai, 26-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Van Hiep, 24-year-old man from Nghe An
Nguyen Thi Van, 35-year-old woman from Nghe An
Tran Hai Loc, 35-year-old man from Nghe An
Duong Minh Tuan, 27-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Ngoc Ha, 32-year-old man from Quang Binh
Nguyen Tien Dung, 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh
Phan Thi Thanh, 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong
Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue
Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, 18-year-old man from Hai Phong
Tran Ngoc Hieu, 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong
Dinh Dinh Binh, 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong

Consultation is also underway between the Vietnamese and UK governments for the repatriation of those who died.

The trailer the 39 victims were discovered in had come from Zeebrugge in Belgium, but their routes from Vietnam have not yet been revealed.

Four men have been arrested or are wanted over their deaths.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of lorry driver Maurice Robinson on video-link at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex, England | Image: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire/PA Images

The driver of the lorry Maurice Robinson (25), from Craigavon in Northern Ireland, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people and money laundering.

Extradition proceedings to bring Eamon Harrison (22) from Mayobridge, Northern Ireland to the UK are ongoing.

A European Arrest Warrant has been also issued and Harrison has been charged with 39 offences of manslaughter, human trafficking and immigration offences.

Brothers Ronan and Christopher Hughes from Co Armagh are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking.

Several others have also been arrested in Vietnam.

Main image: A family-approved photo of Tra My, who is confirmed as one of the dead | Image via @HoaNghiem3 on Twitter 

Additional reporting: IRN


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