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Father and Son Haulage Firm Owners Sentenced for Manslaughter of driver

28/06/2013

A father and son have today (Friday 28 June) been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison at St. Albans Crown Court after being found guilty of the manslaughter - on the basis of gross negligence - of Stephen Kenyon, a driver employed at their haulage firm.

Adrian John and Adrian Paul McMurray were convicted on 10 May 2013 for the manslaughter of Stephen Kenyon, who died in a motorway collision while on duty as a lorry driver for the McMurrays' firm, A.J. Haulage, in February 2010. The court heard that Mr. Kenyon was almost certainly asleep at the time of the collision having been required to drive for longer than the legally permitted number of hours in the 24 hours leading up to the incident.

The McMurrays also pleaded guilty to a number of revenue offences, having failed to pay tax on income totalling more than £5 million.

Andrew Biker, a specialist lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Adrian John and Adrian Paul McMurray failed abjectly in their duty of care to their employees, and it was this gross negligence that resulted in the tragic death of one of their haulage drivers, Stephen Kenyon.

"Through the utterly reckless management of their haulage firm, the McMurrays showed consistent disregard for the health and safety of their employees and the wider public.

"This negligent approach to the running of their business was further demonstrated when they failed to pay tax on more than £5 million worth of income over a four year period. Everything about this case indicates that the McMurrays prioritised making personal profits for themselves over the safety of their drivers or other road users.

"I extend my condolences to the family of Mr. Kenyon."

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