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MANSLAUGHTER: FAMILY EXPRESS DISGUST AT CPS ‘FAILURE’

CPS rejects manslaughter charges over electrocuted mother

The Birmingham Mail has reported that the family of a mother electrocuted in her flat believe they have been “denied justice” after the CPS decided not to bring manslaughter charges over her death.

The 22-year-old woman received a fatal electric shock as she mopped up water after her boiler sprang a leak in December 2007. An inquest jury in December 2011 found she had been unlawfully killed after hearing of “mistakes” by employees of Staffordshire-based Anchor Electrical and Building Services.

The CPS said in a statement:

“Following the unlawful killing verdict at the inquest into the death of Emma Shaw, West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service has conducted a full review of the original decision not to charge six suspects with the offence of manslaughter.

The review is now complete and, with the benefit of advice from a leading specialist QC, we have decided there remains insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for any suspect for the offence of manslaughter.

The CPS has informed the Health and Safety Executive of its decision. HSE is likely to consider whether it is appropriate to bring any prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.”

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