Hopefully, this report turns out to be true and Mo Robinson has just been innocently caught up in a sick turn of events, with 39 people dead, all of whom were Chinese nationals.
NY Post: The driver of the truck found with 39 dead people in the back was the one to call police — and was “horrified” when he saw the mass of bodies while reaching for some paperwork, according to a report Thursday.
Driver Maurice ‘Mo’ Robinson, 25, was still being held on suspicion of murder Thursday as police secured a warrant to keep him for questioning for an extra 24-hours.
A friend now claims that Robinson had been the one to call emergency services — saying he had parked the truck and stumbled across the dead while trying to fetch some paperwork from inside the door.
“When he opened the container up and saw all the dead bodies, he was absolutely horrified – as anyone would be – and called the ambulance service who in turn alerted the police,” the friend told the Daily Mail.
“Mo is from the nicest family you could meet. I’m telling you now, he wouldn’t have known those people were in the back.”
Robinson is understood to have collected the refrigerated container about 30 minutes after it docked in a port in Essex. Police are now focusing on whether he knew he was picking up smuggled immigrants, according to the outlet.
Robinson’s dad learned of his son’s arrest through social media, according to local councilor Paul Berry, who said the village of Laurelvale in County Armagh was in “complete shock,” according to the BBC.
“The local community is hoping that he [Mo Robinson] has been caught up innocently in this matter but that’s in the hands of Essex Police, and we will leave it in their professional hands to try to catch the perpetrators of this,” he said.
Police confirmed Thursday that the dead — 31 men, 7 women and a teenage girl — are believed to be Chinese nationals.