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INQUEST: YOUNG MOTHER ELECTROCUTED IN FLAT

Unlawful killing verdict opens HSE and CPS consideration of criminal prosecution

The Daily Telegraph has reported that an inquest has heard how a 22 year-old woman died after electrical “wiring was given the all clear by the friend of an unqualified electrician”. The mother-of-one died following what were described a “series of blunders by the workmen” at her West Bromwich flat in 2007.

The jury was told that moments before her death she texted her boyfriend saying “the electric’s sparking”. The electrics were installed by Anchor Electrical and Building Services, Staffs. 

A verdict of unlawful killing was delivered and the “company found to have failed to comply with health and safety standards”. Testing on the flat was said not to be carried out to a “professional standard if at all”. Her mother Diane Potter said:

“It is disgusting that this can happen to someone. If the electrics had been fitted and tested properly we wouldn’t be here today, and Emma would still be with us, and Brayden would still have his mum. I’m still angry and upset about the building firm. If they had done their job properly we wouldn’t be here now. “

Her father Paul Shaw added:

“It’s up to the CPS whether they proceed with criminal court action. We are also seeking suitable compensation for Brayden.”

The CPS has said there was not enough evidence to successfully prosecute anyone. Ruth Barber, representing HSE confirmed new information would be passed to the CPS to gauge whether the company should face prosecution.

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