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Four tram workers to be charged with manslaughter after death of Yorkshire dad

Four tram workers are set to be charged with manslaughter following the death of a Yorkshire dad.

Jack Barnes, 29, was restrained by “customer service representatives” monitoring anti-social behaviour on the Metrolink tram system in Manchester in October 2016. The dad-of-one suffered a cardiac arrest and died on December 2, two months after the incident outside Victoria Station in Manchester city centre, reports Hull Live.

Following an inquest into the dad’s death, the Senior Coroner for Manchester Nigel Meadows ruled that the death was an unlawful killing and stated the restraint “more than minimally, trivially or negligibly contributed to the cardiac arrest” during the hearing in March 2021.

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Lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service have today (Thursday, September 14) said four men would now be charged. Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said, “Paul Fogarty, 50, Brian Gartside, 59, Stephen Rowlands, 67, and Matthew Sellers, 29, who were staff members subcontracted by Metrolink at the time, are to be charged with unlawful act manslaughter.

“Mr Rowlands will also be charged with a single offence of perverting the course of justice relating to a witness statement. The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against these defendants are active and that they have the right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.” Mr Fogarty, from Bolton, Gartside from Rochdale, Mr Rowlands, from Bolton, and Mr Sellers, from Bury, all Greater Manchester, will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on a date yet to be fixed.

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