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March 24, 2014

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Manslaughter trial due to start over death of four miners

 

 

The manager of Gleision Colliery, where four miners lost their lives in 2011, and the company which owned the pit are due to go on trial for manslaughter today (24 March).
 
Charles Breslin, 62, Philip Hill, 44, Garry Jenkins, 39, and David Powell, 50, died when water burst into the Gleision drift mine they were working in near Cilybebyll, Pontardawe. 
 
Malcolm Fyfield, 58, of Caerhenllys, Cwmllynfell, is pleading not guilty to the manslaughter of the four men.
 
MNS Mining Ltd, which owned the colliery, is also denying four counts of corporate manslaughter.
 
The firm denies causing the death of the four miners by failing to ensure a safe system of work was in place.
 
The trial starts today at Swansea Crown Court.
 
As this is an ongoing trial, SHP will not be accepting comments on this article.

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