Boris Becker accused of not handing over tennis trophies to pay debts

Ex-tennis champion Boris Becker has appeared in court accused of failing to hand over trophies from his playing days so they could be sold to pay debts.

The three-time Wimbledon winner was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to a bank.

He is accused of not complying with obligations to disclose information.

Mr Becker denied all 28 charges against him at a Southwark Crown Court hearing in London on Thursday.

The 28-count indictment includes mention of his 1985 All England Club trophy, his 1989 silverware from the same tournament, and his Australian Open trophies from 1991 and 1996.

The 52-year-old German national is also accused of concealing more than £1m held in bank accounts, in addition to property in the UK and abroad.

The court heard that he failed to declare his property interest in an address in Chelsea, south-west London, with similar charges for two properties in his home town of Leimen.

Mr Becker is also accused of removing hundreds of thousands of pounds by transferring it to other accounts, including to former wife Barbara Becker, and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

It is also alleged he hid his holding of shares in a firm called Breaking Data Corp.

Mr Becker was released on bail ahead of his trial next September, which is set to last up to four weeks.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said the retired sportsman and television presenter may face further charges at a later date.

Defence counsel Jonathan Caplan said: “He (Mr Becker) is determined to face and contest these charges and restore his reputation in relation to the allegations made against him.”

The former world number one and six-time Grand Slam champion collected 49 singles titles out of 77 finals during his 16 years as a professional tennis player.

He was picked to enter the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003, and has been a commentator on the BBC and at tennis tournaments around the world.

Marian Clode: Womans cattle death ruled accidental

A woman died after a cow charged at her and flipped her over a fence, an inquest has heard.

Marian Clode was thrown into the air “like a ragdoll” in front of her daughter and grandchildren as she walked on a public bridleway near Belford, Northumberland, in April 2016.

The inquest at Newcastle Civic Centre heard the 61-year-old, from Ashton-under-Lyne, died in hospital.

She died as the result of an accident, a jury found.

The hearing was told that Mrs Clode, originally from Londonderry, was on a family holiday and had gone for a walk.

The cattle were being moved from their winter sheds to open fields when some of them broke loose and ran at her.

Mrs Clode was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle but died two days later.

In a statement her family said she was a “wonderful woman, mother and grandmother who was taken from us prematurely”.

Justin Fashanu: 30 years since footballer came out

Exactly 30 years ago, footballer Justin Fashanu hit the headlines as the first professional player to come out as gay. What impact did he make – and why have no others followed him?

As a footballer, Justin Fashanu was a ground-breaker. In 1981 he became the country’s most expensive black player with his £1m move to Nottingham Forest.

Growing up in foster care in Norfolk alongside his footballer brother John, he had risen through Norwich City’s youth ranks.

His majestic strike against Liverpool in 1980 was Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season, cementing his legendary status among Canaries fans.

Then, in 1990, Fashanu stunned the football world when he told a newspaper he was gay.

Three decades on, he remains the only male footballer to reveal his sexuality while playing professionally in the top tiers.

That might seem surprising, but not to equality campaigner Amal Fashanu, who set up the Justin Fashanu Foundation, dedicated to her uncle.

“It’s believable because of the attitude that surrounds football,” she said.

The daughter of Wimbledon FC stalwart John, Ms Fashanu was just 10 when her uncle took his own life in 1998, aged 37.

Earlier this year, she proudly accepted his Hall of Fame award.

“Justin was an incredible person with a very big heart,” she said.

“If he was still alive now people would be able to see that. He accepted everyone as they were, it was all about love – I miss that a lot.

“He was the one person who taught me as a kid how to love, and how to love without judging.”

Despite strides made elsewhere, she said football was lagging behind the pace of societal change.

Same-sex marriages in England and Wales were legalised in 2013. Welsh rugby union star Gareth Thomas came out in 2009, and ex-footballers Thomas Beattie and Robbie Rogers went public about their sexuality after leaving the game.

But to be a gay footballer in the elite leagues was still a “major issue”, she said.

“It’s always been that powerful, secretive, dark world where there’s no place for anyone weaker and a lot of people see if you’re gay, you’d be weaker.

“You can’t really blame one person – it’s the environment of football.”

Lower down the football ladder, in England’s ninth tier, Matt Morton said he had been overwhelmed by positive comments since coming out on Instagram in June.

“Even my fiercest rivals on the pitch have been supportive,” said Mr Morton, 33, player-manager of Eastern Counties League club Thetford Town in Norfolk.

He said he had been “flooded” with private messages from people who had quit the game rather than come out to team-mates.

“It has to happen en masse in the lower leagues – or with more high-profile players coming out – to get to the point of normalisation,” he said.

“I’m a footballer but sexuality should just be such an inconsequential thing to other people’s lives.

“Everyone needs to come together as a whole – you can’t expect the minority to take on the mantle.”

That sentiment is echoed by LGBT rights charity Stonewall, which is working with the Premier League and the Football Association (FA).

“Tackling anti-LGBT attitudes and behaviours cannot and must not rest on the shoulders of LGBT athletes alone,” said the charity’s Jeff Ingold.

“Speculating over why people don’t come out ignores the many valid reasons someone may have for not being open about their sexuality.

“Focusing on the absence of openly gay and bi male professional football players often adds more pressure to what is already a high-stress environment.”

The charity hopes support for campaigns such as its Rainbow Laces project will lead to more “confident athletes… accepted for who they are”.

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey, a life-long Norwich City fan, said it was “important to remember Justin as a great footballer, but also as the person he was”.

He added: “There is no doubt over the years football fans have cheered, celebrated and loved footballers unable to come out.”

The FA said it had made moves across all levels of the game to help players and fans be included.

“We have come so far since [Fashanu’s] tragic experience, however… more needs to be done,” said The FA’s Jehmeil Lemonius.

“We will continue to work… to help create a safe and supportive environment for any player who chooses to come out, so we never have a situation like Justin’s again.

“Justin wasn’t just a fantastic player, but a remarkable man… a role model and trailblazer.”

He said the women’s game had many players open about their sexual orientation and had shared their stories to help others.

For Ms Fashanu, her uncle’s spirit remains strong.

“If Justin was still here my foundation wouldn’t exist; there would be no need for me to do it – he was so powerful in a very peaceful way,” she said.”There’s no road map to show these footballers what would happen… it would change your life forever to be remembered as only the second gay top-flight footballer in the world.

“We could be doing more considering football has a lot of power and money, but I do think we are doing something.”

Huawei Mate 40 phones launch despite chip freeze

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 40 smartphones claiming they feature a more “sophisticated” processor than Apple’s forthcoming iPhones.

The component was made using the same “five nanometre” process as its US rival’s chip, but contains billions more transistors.

As a result, the Chinese firm claims its phones are more powerful.

However, Huawei has had its supply of the chips cut off because of a US trade ban that came into effect in September.

That means that once its stockpile of the new Kirin 9000 processors runs out, it faces being unable to make more of the Mate 40 handsets in their current form.

At present, only Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung have the expertise and equipment to manufacture 5nm chips, and both are forbidden to supply Huawei with them or any other semiconductor product whose creation involves “US technology and software”.

The States says the move has been taken on national security grounds, but Huawei denies posing a threat.

The BBC asked how many of the chips Huawei had purchased, but it declined to answer.

However, in a online presentation, the company’s consumer devices chief Richard Yu acknowledged the ban was “making the situation extremely difficult for us”.

Huawei also faces other earlier restrictions placed on it by Washington, which have prevented any of the devices it has launched since mid-2019 from providing access to some of Google’s services, including its Play Store.

Despite this, Huawei remains the world’s third-bestselling smartphone-maker, and the market leader in its home country.

“In China, Huawei has phenomenal brand awareness in the premium space,” commented Mo Jia, an analyst at tech research firm Canalys.

“Demand for the Mate 40 series is expected to be strong [there], but despite this, amid US sanctions, component constraints may limit the total quantity of new Kirin-powered smartphones Huawei can produce.”

The basic Mate 40 model – which Huawei said costs €899 ($1,049; £800) – has a 6.5in (16.5cm) OLED display. Three more expensive versions – ranging in price up to €2,295 – have 6.8in OLED screens.

In each case, the screens offer a 90Hz refresh rate – meaning the equivalent of 90 frames per second – which is higher than Apple’s newest iPhones but less than Samsung’s S20 series.

Mr Yu suggested this offered the best balance of smoothness and battery life.

One of the main ways the different models are differentiated are by their cameras:

For the time being, the firm only plans to put the Pro model on sale outside China, where it will cost £1,100.

One of the innovations detailed was the use of a “free-form lens” for the ultra-wide angle camera found on each model, which Huawei said solved image distortion problems.

The firm added that an optional “eyes-on-device” feature – which only turns on the screen when it detects being looked at – would reduce the power the handset consumes.

Huawei said the Kirin 9000 chip includes an integrated 5G modem, which enables it to extend battery life beyond its rivals.

One slide displayed at the launch claimed the Mate 40 Pro would last about 25% longer on a single charge than Samsung’s Note 20 Ultra+, despite the latter having a bigger battery.

Huawei said it was also using the extra processing power to take slow-motion shots at 240 frames per second from two of the cameras simultaneously.

The firm also boasted that the chip allows its devices to offer a “pro-gaming” experience, thanks to its ability to offer graphics with better detail and lighting effects.

However, some titles including Call of Duty Mobile will not work on the devices because of their lack of access to some of Google’s technologies, while some others function but are unable to make in-app payments.

Most Android apps can be installed via the Petal search tool even if they do not appear in Huawei’s own app store.

However, there are notable exceptions.

Many banking apps, eBay and the UK’s Tesco Groceries app will not install, and instead the user is provided with an icon that instead launches their websites. The Sky News app is also unavailable, although Huawei said it was coming soon.

“Clearly politics has brought about a situation where Huawei is now working hard to become non-reliant upon Google to offer consumers an alternative,” a spokesman told the BBC.

“Surely what Huawei is doing with its App Gallery – albeit a work in progress – deserves praise.”

If an app is unavailable, users can add it to a “wish list” and Huawei says the developer will be told if there is strong demand.

But one expert questioned whether most consumers would be happy with the current arrangement.

“The new chip is impressive and the circular camera design on the rear distinctive, but despite Huawei’s best efforts to build up its App Gallery, there are still significant gaps,” commented Ben Wood from CCS Insight.

“Even with the Petal search capability, you still have this challenge that you have to find the applications and then side-load them onto the device. That’s all very well for tech-savvy, committed Huawei enthusiasts, but for the mass market, it’s a pretty big barrier to put in people’s way.”

Goldman Sachs to pay $3bn over 1MDB Malaysia scandal

Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay nearly $3bn (£2.3bn) in the US to end a probe of its role in Malaysia’s 1MDB corruption scandal.

The bank’s Malaysian subsidiary also admitted to violating US anti-bribery laws during its work raising money for Malaysia’s state-owned wealth fund.

The settlement with the Department of Justice allows the bank to avoid criminal conviction.

Goldman did not immediately comment.

In all, it is expected to pay about $5bn in penalties – about two thirds of its 2019 profits – to regulators around the world to resolve cases that have severely tarnished the firm’s reputation.

The bank has also said it may cut compensation awarded to executives, including retired chief Lloyd Blankfein, under whose watch the scandal happened.

The 1MDB scheme was a global web of fraud and corruption, in which billions of dollars ostensibly raised for public development projects instead landed in private pockets, including those of Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak.

Authorities in Asia, the US and Europe have spent years tracking down cash and assets paid for with money stolen from the fund, including condos, jewellery and art.

In July Najib was found guilty on all seven counts in the first of several multi-million dollar corruption trials and sentenced to 12 years in jail.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.

Probes of Goldman Sachs focused on its help raising $6.5bn in 2012 and 2013 for the fund formally known as 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), work authorities said earned the firm the outsize sum of $600m.

On Thursday, the bank admitted that its Malaysian unit had “knowingly and willingly” paid bribes to foreign officials and agreed to pay nearly $3bn in penalties.

Goldman had long blamed rogue employees, asserting it had no idea the money it helped raise would be diverted from planned development projects within Malaysia.

One former Goldman Sachs partner, Tim Leissner, pleaded guilty in the US to conspiring to launder money and violating foreign bribery laws. Another executive was charged with foreign bribery offenses.

Three months ago, Goldman Sachs reached a $3.9bn settlement with the Malaysian government for its role in the corruption scandal.

The settlement included a $2.5bn cash payout by Goldman, while the investment bank said it would guarantee that the government would receive at least $1.4bn from money recovered from the scheme.

The deal resolved charges in Malaysia that Goldman had misled investors.

Hong Kong regulators on Thursday announced a separate $350m fine, citing lapses in management controls.

In Singapore, authorities also plan to levy a financial penalty and issue a warning with conditions, according to Bloomberg sources.

Facebook and Twitter chiefs ordered to testify over Biden article

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey will be ordered to testify over alleged censorship of a controversial New York Post article.

The article revealed emails and photographs that the New York Post claimed were copied from the laptop of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

Twitter said the story had violated its “hacked materials” policy, but later changed its stance.

Facebook had limited its spread in the news feed while it was fact-checked.

The move prompted accusations of censorship and pro-Biden bias from Republican lawmakers.

Now, 12 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have voted to compel the two chief executives to testify about their handling of the matter.

Ten democrats sat out the session in protest over an earlier vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination.

Mr Dorsey and Mr Zuckerberg are already due to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee next week, alongside Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, to give evidence over claims of anti-conservative bias.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted that “big tech CEOs are drunk on power and must be held accountable”.

“We will get answers for the American people,” he wrote.

No date for a hearing has been set.

The New York Post’s article focused on an email from a representative of a Ukrainian energy company, sent in April 2015, apparently thanking Hunter Biden for an invite to meet Joe Biden in Washington DC.

Joe Biden was vice-president at the time, and his son was on the board of directors for the energy firm.

There is no evidence that such a meeting ever took place, and previous investigations have never found evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice-president, despite claims form his political opponents.

The New York Post article also contained screenshots that showed private email addresses.

Twitter was criticised for blocking people from sharing the article. It later said that it had done so because the article violated its policies on publishing private information and “hacked materials”.

Mr Dorsey later acknowledged it had not properly communicated its decision. It later changed its “hacked materials” policy.

Facebook limited the spread of the article in its news feed, while the piece was fact-checked by third-party organisations.

It is unusual for Facebook and Twitter to limit the spread of an article from an established, mainstream news outlet in this way.

The restrictions, coming in the run-up to the US presidential election on 3 November, fuelled anger from Mr Biden’s political rivals over the alleged censorship of Republicans.

President Trump has proposed removing a legal protection from social networks, treating them as publishers if they fact-check or restrict material.

Mr Biden has also suggested removing those protections – but for different reasons. He has criticised the spread of misinformation online with little consequences for the companies facilitating it.

Democrats voted with their Republican colleagues earlier this month, ordering the bosses of Twitter, Facebook, and Google to face questions.

Despite the Democrats’ absence from the vote this time, Republican committee chairman Lindsey Graham said he believed there was “a lot of interest on the other side” in getting “the social media folks here to answer questions”.

Why Nigerian protesters want Beyoncé to be more like Rihanna

Rihanna, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are among the many celebrities who have come out to support protests against police brutality in Nigeria. But protesters hit out when Beyoncé spoke up. Why?

Protesters against police brutality say that on Tuesday night in Lagos men in army fatigues closed in on them and shot at them while they sang the national anthem, something the army denies as “fake news”.

The irony a chord across the world. South African comedian Trevor Noah said: “Just like we’ve seen in the US, the police in Nigeria are responding to protests about police brutality with more police brutality.

A host of international A-list of celebrities showed their support for protesters.

Rihanna tweeted a picture of a blood-soaked Nigerian flag.

Nikki Minaj talked directly to protesters in her tweet in solidarity, saying: “Your voice is being heard”.

And then Beyoncé’s statement came.

Through her charity, BeyGood, she said: “I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria… we are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.”

This did not go down well.

“Who told Beyoncé that we are hungry?” commented digital entrepreneur Papi Jay.

That sentiment was echoed by skincare vendor Mercy Ehimare. “Can somebody tell this woman we are not hungry??????? We need support to fight for our existence,” she replied.

Tweeters were offended that Beyoncé appeared to assume they were poor.

That certainly wasn’t how the Nigerian press described the people who started the protests online.

They opted instead to refer to them as “social media influencers”.

In the early days of the protests, the BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo described the people marching on the streets as “mostly comfortably-off young people, some with dyed hair, pierced noses and tattooed bodies”.

BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones notes that, while now she is now seeing a more socially mixed crowd at protests in Lagos, the people who started the protests online were “middle-class kids”.

They were people like media strategist Rinu Oduala, who had persuaded other protesters to spend the night outside government house in Lagos on 7 October.

What’s more, is that they had already raised funds among themselves to cover the costs of the protest, writes Nigerian author Naomi Ndifon, in Black Women Radicals.

So at this point, the protesters only really wanted their message against police brutality amplified.

Beyoncé has more than 15 million followers on her personal Twitter account – a tweet from that account would reach a lot of people.

But they were left frustrated, says a commenter on Beyoncé’s post dor_gd, who points out that she only supported protesters on her charity account.

Critics also said Beyoncé turned up late to the protests.

The protests had started weeks before and she was in the second wave of celebrities showing their support.

People like Star Wars actor John Boyega, Arsenal footballer Mesut Özil and rapper Kanye West had tweeted their support more than a week before her.

By the time she tweeted, the peaceful protests had already turned bloody.

Epstein: Ghislaine Maxwell denies witnessing inappropriate activities

US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell said she never witnessed “inappropriate underage activities” by him, according to transcripts of a 2016 deposition.

The testimony was made in a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit brought by one of the late financier’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Maxwell had long fought to keep the testimony secret.

She will go on trial in a criminal case next year and has pleaded not guilty.

She is accused of helping Epstein traffic and sexually abuse underage girls and of perjury for having denied involvement in any such scheme when she gave her deposition under oath.

The 58-year-old has been in custody since her arrest in July. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 35 years in prison.

Ms Giuffre (née Roberts) sued Ms Maxwell in 2015 for defamation after the British socialite said she was a liar.

Transcripts of the 2016 deposition from the now-settled case were released on Thursday under the orders of US District Judge Loretta Preska.

Ms Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that releasing the documents would violate her constitutional right against self-incrimination and could impede her right to a fair trial next year. They said she had believed the deposition would remain confidential.

In the transcripts, Ms Maxwell repeatedly denies hiring anyone under the age of 18 for Epstein.

“I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever,” she said.

“All the time that I have been in the house I have never seen, heard, nor witnessed, nor have reported to me that any activities took place, that people were in distress, either reported to me by the staff or anyone else,” she said.

Ms Giuffre alleges that Ms Maxwell recruited her as a masseuse to the financier while she was a minor. She says Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s assistance.

Referring directly to Ms Giuffre, Ms Maxwell said: “I never ever at any single time at any point ever at all participated in anything with Virginia and Jeffrey. And for the record, she is an absolute total liar.”

Asked if she trained Ms Giuffre on how to recruit other girls to perform sexual massages, Ms Maxwell responded: “It′s absurd and her entire story is one giant tissue of lies.”

Ms Maxwell is the daughter of the late disgraced UK newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, his ninth and youngest child.

Born on Christmas Day in 1961 outside Paris, Ms Maxwell is Oxford-educated and is said to speak several languages,

A well-connected socialite, she is said to have introduced Epstein to many of her wealthy and powerful friends, including Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.

Friends said that although Ms Maxwell and Epstein’s romantic relationship lasted only a few years, she continued to work with him long afterward, the Washington Post reports.

“She had an upbringing and taste and knew how to run a house and a boat and how to entertain,” an acquaintance was quoted by the UK’s Daily Telegraph as saying. “You can’t buy that. You can’t buy access, either.”

In a Vanity Fair profile published in 2003, Epstein said Ms Maxwell was not a paid employee, but rather his “best friend”.

In court documents, former employees at the Epstein mansion in Palm Beach describe her as the house manager, who oversaw the staff, handled finances and served as social coordinator, the Post reports.

Prosecutors allege that between 1994 and 1997, Ms Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14. They have said that they expect “one or more victims” to testify.

Four of the charges Ms Maxwell faces relate to the years 1994-97 when she was, according to the indictment, among Epstein’s closest associates and also in an “intimate relationship” with him. The other two charges are allegations of perjury in 2016.

The indictment says Ms Maxwell “assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18”.

Epstein, 66, was a New York financier who made a fortune in the 1980s and 90s managing assets on behalf of wealthy clients. He soon began socialising with celebrities and politicians.

In 2002, Donald Trump – then a property tycoon – called Epstein a “terrific guy”, adding: “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

In 2005, following a complaint from the parents of a 14-year-old girl in Florida, Epstein was convicted for soliciting prostitution from a minor, for which he was registered as a sex offender.

He avoided federal charges – which could have carried a life sentence – and instead received an 18-month prison sentence, during which he was able to go to work. He was released on probation after 13 months.

But following allegations from former victims, he was arrested again in 2019 and accused of sex trafficking of underage girls.

He was found dead in a New York prison cell on 10 August as he awaited trail. The death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Essex lorry deaths: Migrant paid £13k for VIP smuggling trip

The parents of a Vietnamese man paid £13,000 for a “VIP” smuggling trip to Britain along a route where 39 migrants died, a court has heard.

Prosecutors allege the man, known as Witness X, was on one of two successful cross-channel runs before the deaths on October 23 last year.

He told jurors he arrived in Essex weeks earlier with 14 other Vietnamese migrants he had met near Paris.

Four men are on trial in connection with the deaths.

Less than two weeks after the anonymous witness’s 11 October crossing, 39 Vietnamese nationals were found dead in the back of a lorry in Purfleet, Essex.

Prosecutors say both operations were organised by the same people smugglers.

Witness X told the court there were two types of smuggling service, one where the lorry driver was ignorant of the human cargo and “VIP – where the lorry driver knows you are there.”

He said he was taken from a flat near Paris on a 90-minute taxi ride to a field, where his 15-strong group was told to hide and wait.

An English-speaking lorry driver arrived, and ushered the group into the trailer, he said.

If the driver knocked on the side they had to stand up and stand together in the middle of the trailer and “don’t make a sound”, he said.

Before arriving at a port, he said, the driver stopped to give them water and instructions on what to do if they needed the toilet.The sea voyage to Britain in the container took about eight hours, jurors heard.

When the doors were finally opened in the UK, the witness said, some people with European accents helped them out and told them to “move fast” into black cars.

The man was then held in the second-floor flat of someone called Phong until his family had paid £13,000 into an account in Vietnam.

He said he had learned about the crossing from a friend who told him to contact Phong through messaging app Viber.

Jurors were told that an examination of the witness’s mobile phone placed it in Paris on October 10 and in south-east London the next day.

The court was also told about a white trailer parked by the one in which the 39 migrants were found.

This was the same trailer dropped off at Zeebrugge by lorry driver Eamonn Harrison and picked up by Christopher Kennedy at Purfleet in October 11 last year, the court heard.

Witness X’s thumbprint was recovered from inside, and lorry driver Maurice Robinson’s prints were also identified on an Evian bottle containing urine, a brownie wrapper and two carrier bags.

Driver Christopher Kennedy, 24, from County Armagh, denies being part of a people-smuggling conspiracy with fellow haulier Eamonn Harrison, 23, of Mayobridge, Co Down, and Valentin Calota, 37, of Birmingham.

Alleged key organiser Gheorghe Nica, 43, of Basildon, Essex, has admitted the conspiracy but denies 39 counts of manslaughter with Mr Harrison.

The trial continues.

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