A builder in Wales has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the death of a three year old girl. The toddler was killed when a wall collapsed on top of her on a public footpath. There were basic failings in the way that the builder, George Collier, and his company, Parcol Developments Ltd, planned and managed the construction of the wall, leading to its collapse.
Mr Collier pled not-guilty to the charge of gross negligence manslaughter, whilst his company pled guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Mr Collier was found guilty by the jury and sentenced to two years in prison. No additional penalty was given to the company.