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COUNCIL CHIEF ARCHITECT FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER IN LEGIONNAIRES' VERDICT

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Barrow BC design services manager Gillian Beckingham was today found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Presto...
Barrow BC design services manager Gillian Beckingham was today found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Preston Crown Court.

She was cleared of killing seven people who died after a fatal outbreak of legionnaires' disease at a council arts centre in summer 2002.

Ms Beckingham was found guilty, by a majority of 11 to one, of one charge of breaching health and safety law.

Barrow BC has already pleaded guilty to a health and safety offence.

Today, the following statement was issued by Jeff Bright, Barrow BC assistant director (personnel and performance):

LEGIONNAIRES TRIAL

'Firstly, on behalf of the council I wish to offer our sympathy and sincere apologies to everyone affected by the legionella outbreak.

The council accepts this judgment unreservedly and will consider its implications with its legal advisors and issue a fuller statement in due course.

Gill Beckingham has been through a long and arduous legal proceeding and will be given some time to recover before the council makes formal contact with her.

We anticipate the council will meet the fine costs totalling£215,000 from its reserves.'

Background

COUNCIL ARCHITECT IN DEATH-BUG CONVICTION APPEAL

HOW MANY MORE IN THE DOCK?

LEGIONNAIRES' CASE: REPRIEVE FOR COUNCIL, RETRIAL FOR MANAGER

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