The trial of a council accused of failing to comply with health and safety legislation at an event near Bury St Edmunds where a woman was fatally
injured has today moved into it’s final stages.
After hearing four days of evidence, the jury at Ipswich Crown Court has heard closing submissions by the prosecution and defence lawyer James Ageros appearing on behalf of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
The council has denied allegations by the Health and Safety Executive that it failed to take adequate steps to safeguard the safety of visitors to the Nowton Park Country Fair in June 2011.
Grandmother Carole Bullett, 57, of Clark Walk, Bury St Edmunds, suffered serious chest injuries when she was struck by a bolting horse and died in
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge the following day.
Carriage rides operator Duncan Drye, who owned the horse, has pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of visitors.
Addressing the jury, Mr Ageros said: “St Edmunsbury Borough Council may not have done everything practicable and there may well have been thingsit could have done differently or even better.
“But not withstanding that, really the evidence goes one way. It did not fall down in it’s duty.”
Mr Ageros said the prosecution had not established beyond doubt that the council failed to take the necessary steps to ensure public safety and a former HSE inspector had given evidence that ‘everything practicable’ had been done.
He added: “While St Edmunsbury Borough Council did have a duty toward fairgoers, including Carole Bullett, and to exercise a degree of control over
Duncan Drye it did not, it could not, be expected to stand on his shoulder.”
The trial continues.