Norwich man accused of manslaughter after woman crushed to death by gate
09:43 10 October 2015
A man appeared in court charged with manslaughter on Friday after the death of a 56-year-old woman who was crushed by an “unsafe” gate.
Jill Lunn died in April 2013 when the gate fell on her at her home at Field Lane, Blofield Heath.
Yesterday, Robert Churchyard, 50, of Turner Road, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court charged with the manslaughter of Mrs Lunn and breaching his work duty by failing to take reasonable care of the health and safety of himself and other people.
Martyn Cook, 56, of Meadow Farm Lane, Horsham St Faith, also appeared in court accused of three counts under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) regulations relating to the supply and installation of the “unsafe” gate.
Automated Garage Doors and Gates Ltd, based on Burnet Road, Norwich, was charged with the three same offences.
The charges allege that Cook, as “the responsible person” fitted the “unsafe automated electrically-powered gate” at Mrs Lunn’s house, that he did not follow the appropriate conformity assessment procedure for the gate and that he did not “ensure the applicable health and safety requirements were satisfied” for it.
District judge Peter Veits decided that the cases should be heard at Norwich Crown Court on October 23. Cook and Churchyard were given unconditional bail
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