The driver of a truck in which bodies were discovered in southeast England last year has pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter.
25-year-old Maurice Robinson, of Northern Ireland, was arrested in October in Essex after bodies of 31 men and boys and eight women, all Vietnamese, were discovered in a container of the truck. The trailer had arrived on a cargo ferry from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
Robinson had pleaded guilty at a hearing in November to charges of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration.
A second man charged with 39 counts of manslaughter pleaded not guilty. The man has since been identified as Gheorghe Nica, a British-Romanian dual national.
Several other suspects have been arrested and charged in both Vietnam and the United Kingdom.