Govia Thameslink fined £1m over Gatwick Express window death – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2019 in accidents, corporate manslaughter, fines, health & safety, news, railways by tracey

‘A rail firm has been fined £1m after a man died leaning out of a train window. Simon Brown, 24, was killed when he hit his head on a steel gantry on the side of the track while on the Gatwick Express in London in August 2016. In May, Govia Thameslink Railway admitted a health and safety breach because a sign saying not to lean out was not displayed clearly enough.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2019

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Woman killed by electric door at underground car park – The Independent

Posted June 12th, 2019 in accidents, corporate manslaughter, fines, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘An electrical company has been fined £25,000 after a woman was pulled into the shutter door machinery and crushed to death.’

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The Independent, 11th June 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Families whose loved ones died in NHS mental health care call for inquiry and reforms as police drop investigation – The Independent

‘A decision to drop the investigation into the deaths of up to 25 people in the care of NHS mental health services has been described by as a “bombshell” that leaves them without “accountability or recourse”, by their families. Essex Police had spent nearly two years investigating deaths across nine sites at North Essex Partnership University Trust since 2000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2018

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Grenfell Tower: Sentences for gross negligence manslaughter could increase after investigation into deadly fire – The Independent

‘Sentences for gross negligence manslaughter, which is being considered by investigators looking into the Grenfell Tower fire, could be increased under new advice given to judges.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2018

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Thomas Orchard custody death: Police force charged – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2018 in corporate manslaughter, death in custody, health & safety, news, police by sally

‘A police force has been charged over the death of a man in custody.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2018

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Grenfell fire inquiry may have to suspend work if CPS brings charges – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2017 in corporate manslaughter, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The judge-led inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is in danger of having to suspend operations entirely for a lengthy period if prosecutors authorise corporate manslaughter charges.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2017

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Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2017 in corporate manslaughter, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire say they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2017

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What is Corporate Manslaughter and How Does it Work? – Rightsinfo

Posted July 14th, 2017 in corporate manslaughter, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Interviewed on Radio 4 following the Grenfell Tower fire, MP David Lammy attacked the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, stating: “This is the richest borough in our country treating its citizens in this way. We should call it what it is: It’s corporate manslaughter”. While the investigation into the fire is still ongoing, and criminal liability (if any) for the fire has yet to be established, it’s still always worth taking a look at the offence of corporate manslaughter and its history.’

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Rightsinfo, 11th July 2017

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Golf firm boss jailed for manslaughter over ball collector’s lake death – The Guardian

‘A golf company director has been jailed over the manslaughter of a man with learning difficulties who drowned as he dived for lost balls in a cold, murky course lake.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2017

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Prosecutors are considering manslaughter charges after Grenfell Tower disaster, Keir Starmer reveals – Daily Telegraph

‘Criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy is looking into manslaughter charges, Sir Keir Starmer has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2017

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Company directors jailed following fatal roof fall – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three company directors have been jailed today (May 19) following the death of a man who fell while working at a warehouse in Essex.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th May 2017

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Call for inquiry over ‘unbroken pattern’ of deaths at prison – The Guardian

‘The prison service is facing calls for a corporate manslaughter investigation after a litany of failures at one Milton Keynes site resulted in an “unbroken pattern of deaths”, with 18 inmates taking their own lives in four years.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

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Health and safety: Do higher fines and tougher enforcement make for more appeals? – OUT-LAW.com

‘The introduction of the Definitive Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences in February 2016 has resulted in a huge shift in the punishment of safety offences.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st February 2017

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Failed company and its manager convicted of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter – CPS News Brief

Posted August 17th, 2016 in corporate manslaughter, negligence, news by sally

Today [16 August] Bilston Skips and Bikram Singh Mahli were found guilty of the manslaughter of 24-year-old site worker Jagpal Singh. Bikram Singh Mahli was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for a period of two years. The company, which is now in liquidation, was fined £600,000.

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CPS News Brief, 16th August 2016

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Company fined £550,000 in first corporate manslaughter sentencing under new guideline – OUT-LAW.com

‘A construction firm based in north London has been fined £550,000 for corporate manslaughter offences, in the first sentencing since new guidelines were introduced in February.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2016

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Plan to enable prosecution of MoD over training deaths rejected – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2016 in armed forces, corporate manslaughter, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The government has rejected a proposed legal change that would have allowed for the Ministry of Defence to be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter over deaths during hazardous training such as the SAS exercise on the Brecon Beacons that claimed the lives of three reservists.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2016

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Ministry of Defence escapes prosecution over deaths on SAS march – The Independent

‘The Ministry of Defence has escaped prosecution over the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS selection course, only thanks to a convention that it is granted immunity, it has been confirmed.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2016

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New offences and sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Two further significant provisions of the Serious Crime Act 2015 have been brought into force. First, on 10 November 2015, section 79 created section 40CB of the Prison Act 1952, which provides for an offence of throwing any article or substance into a prison without authorisation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2016

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Regulatory offenders could face lower fine discounts if they wait to plead guilty, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Companies which face prosecution for health and safety, environmental and other regulatory breaches would have to plead guilty at an earlier stage or risk higher fines under new proposals put forward by the Sentencing Council, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th February 2016

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