‘My son has finally arrived’: Essex lorry victims returned to Vietnam

Sixteen of the 39 people found dead in a lorry in Essex last month have been repatriated to Vietnam.

Their bodies arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport early on Wednesday and were being taken to their families, said the country's foreign ministry.

Image: Maurice Robinson has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit unlawful immigration

It's understood the rest will be repatriated later.

"After waiting for so many days, my son has finally arrived," said the father of victim Nguyen Dinh Luong.

"We are deeply saddened, but we have to hold back the emotion to organise the funeral for my son."


However, the families will have to pay up to £2,208 for the repatriation, according to a statement seen by Reuters.

A foreign ministry statement dated 14 November, seen by the news agency, said the Vietnamese government would initially pay the costs, to be repaid by the families at a later date.

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The first victims to return home are from Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.

Police said earlier this month the victims were from six provinces in total – the others being Haiphong, Hai Duong, and Hue.

Lorry driver Maurice Robinson pleaded guilty on Monday to plotting to assist illegal immigration.

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