Charges laid in UK shipping container death

by The Associated Press (APR)

LONDON, UKā€”Police have charged two truck drivers with people-smuggling after an Afghan migrant was found dead, along with 34 survivors, in a shipping container at an English port.

Stephen McLaughlin and Timothy Murphy, both from Northern Ireland, have been charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into Britain. They were due in court last Saturday.

Workers at Tilbury docks, east of London, discovered the migrants Aug. 16 aboard an unloaded container that had arrived by cargo ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium. Dock workers said they heard bangs and screams coming from the container.

The dead man was identified as 40-year-old Meet Singh Kapoor. Police have yet to determine the cause of death.

The survivors, among them 13 children, were treated for dehydration and hypothermia.

All the migrants came from Afghanistan’s tiny Sikh community.