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Jury sent home after second day of deliberations in Summer Grant bouncy castle death trial

PUBLISHED: 16:52 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 08 May 2018

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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Jurors have been sent home for the night after a second day of deliberations in the trial of two fairground workers accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of Hellesdon girl Summer Grant.

The seven-year-old Valley Primary Academy pupil died in hospital after a bouncy castle at an Easter Fair blew away with her inside it.

She died after she was released from the inflatable at the fair in Harlow, Essex, on March 26, 2016, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court had heard.

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, had told the 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.


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