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Two Derry lorry drivers remanded in custody in connection with container death at Essex dock

An Afghan migrant, Meet Singh Kapoor, was found dead inside the container.

Updated 15.10pm

TWO MEN FROM Derry charged in connection with the investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury docks last Saturday have been remanded in custody.

According to the Essex Police Stephen McLaughlin, 34, of Rose Park, Limavady, Derry and Timothy Murphy, 34, of Elmgrove, Derry, are both charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

They both appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court this afternoon where they were remanded to appear at Basildon Crown Court in the week commencing November 17.


Staff at Tilbury Docks, east of London, discovered 34 surviving Afghan Sikh men, women and children in an airtight shipping container after they heard banging and screaming.

Upon opening it, they also found the body of Meet Singh Kapoor, aged 40, from Afghanistan. The 34 surviving people included 10 men, nine women and 15 children.

The group had travelled from the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium.

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