Charges considered over Hydro death

Posted Monday, May 24, 2004 8:31 AM | Contributed by supermandl

A report to members of Dyfed-Powys Police Authority says they have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider both manslaughter and health and safety offenses for the death of a 16-year old girl that fell from Oakwood's Hydro ride.

Read more from The BBC.

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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:33 AM
Who exactly are they going to charge?
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Monday, May 24, 2004 10:35 AM
Jeff's avatar That's what I was thinking. You need to come to some conclusion about how it happened before you can charge someone, and for some reason we still haven't heard of any such conclusion.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 11:38 AM
Perhaps considering these options is just to make sure these options are not ruled out? The park, the manufacturer? I hope they come to some conclusive place about this soon.
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Monday, May 24, 2004 12:03 PM
I wouldn't read too much into this at present. It's most likely that the CPS are being consulted to establish exactly what would constitute manslaughter on behalf of the park/manufacturer (or whoever) and what kind of evidence would be required to make a prima facie case.

As Jenny said: they're most likely just not ruling anything out at present and seeking appropriate advice from the authorities before deciding on how best to proceed.

I'll be very interested to see how this accident happened, as-if memory serves- in the previous incident fatality on the Perilous Plunge ride, the rider was simply too large for the restraints to be effective and should not have been allowed to board. However, this certainly does not appear to have been the case here.

Best,

B

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Monday, May 24, 2004 3:51 PM
I wonder if the press latched on to one sentence or phrase that sounds sensational when taken out of context.
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