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Southall: Driver & GWT not guilty of Manslaughter

from our Safety Correspondent : Friday, July 02, 1999
The driver of an high speed train that collided with a freight train has been found not guilty of manslaughter at Britain's Old Bailey today. His employer, Great Western Trains was also found not guilty after the prosecution offered no evidence.
Great Western Trains has entered a plea of guilty to a single charge brought under health and safety legislation. The company is due to be sentenced at the end of July and faces an unlimited fine. The verdicts at today's hearing were
  • Charges 1 - 7 against GWT of manslaughter: CPS offered no evidence and verdicts of not guilty were entered
  • Charge 8 against GWT of failure to work under HSWA: Guilty (to be sentenced end of July
  • Charges 9 -15 against the driver, Larry Harrison: CPS offered no evidence and verdicts of not guilty were entered
  • Charge 16 against Larry Harrison of failure to work under HSWA: not guilty owing to extenuating circumstances
The Health & Safety Executive's Inquiry will reconvene on 20th September, 2 years after the accident.

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