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Gross negligence manslaughter charge over balcony fall death of two-year-old

18/07/2013

Mark Auty, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "I have carefully reviewed all evidence in relation to the death of a two-year-old girl in Sheffield who tragically fell from the fourth floor of an apartment block where she lived in June 2012.

"Ryaheen Banimuslem was playing with her older brother in a communal garden in the housing development when she fell through an area of the fence surrounding the fourth floor, which was missing a glass panel.

"I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Robert Warner, who was contracted to carry out maintenance work in the apartments, for gross negligence manslaughter.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"I extend my sympathies to the family of Ryaheen Banimuslem.

"Robert Warner has been summonsed to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on 13 August 2013. He now faces criminal charges and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

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