Judge tells jury in Summer Grant bouncy castle death trial they can return majority verdict

Seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Hellesdon, who died in 2016.
Photo: supplied by Scala

Seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Hellesdon, who died in 2016. Photo: supplied by Scala

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The jury in the trial of two fairground workers accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of Hellesdon girl Summer Grant has been told they can return a majority verdict.

The seven-year-old Valley Primary Academy pupil died in hospital after a bouncy castle at an Easter Fair in Harlow, Essex, blew away with her inside it on March 26, 2016.

William Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby, 26, deny manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety offence.

The defendants, of Whitecross Road in Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, told Chelmsford Crown Court that before the incident they had not thought winds were so strong that the inflatable was capable of blowing away.

Prosecutors said the defendants failed to ensure the bouncy castle was “adequately anchored” to the ground and failed to monitor weather conditions to ensure it was safe to use.

The jury went home yesterday after a second day of deliberations, but a judge this morning told them they could return a majority verdict.

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