A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the trial of alleged people-smugglers linked to the deaths of 39 migrants.

The Vietnamese migrants, aged between 15 and 44, were found dead in the back of a trailer in Essex on 23 October last year.

They died as the airtight container was shipped from Zeebrugge to Purfleet, the Old Bailey in London has heard.

Lorry driver Eamonn Harrison, 23, from Co Down and alleged key organiser Gheorghe Nica, 43, from Basildon, in Essex have denied 39 counts of manslaughter.

Mr Harrison, lorry driver Christopher Kennedy, 24, from Co Armagh, and Valentin Calota, 38, from Birmingham, have pleaded not guilty to being part of a people smuggling conspiracy.

Nica has admitted a limited role but denied involvement in the fatal run.