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Lorry firm owner and mechanic jailed for manslaughter following deaths of four people in Bath


Two men who failed to properly maintain a lorry which killed four people, including a young girl, have been jailed for a total of 13 years 9 months today (Fri 27 Jan).

Lorry firm owner Matthew Gordon, [30] and mechanic Peter Wood, [55] were convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence following a trial at Bristol Crown Court last year.

The court heard how the braking system on the tipper lorry, owned by Grittenham Haulage Ltd, failed as it was driven down Lansdown Lane in Bath on 9 February 2015.

The heavily-laden lorry ran out of control, killing four-year-old Mitzi Steady, Robert Parker, 59, Philip Allen, 52, and Stephen Vaughan, 34. Two other people suffered serious injuries.

At Bristol Crown Court today, Gordon was sentenced to 7 years 6 months in prison and Wood to 5 years 3 months.

Alyson Harris, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS South-West said: "The gross negligence displayed by Matthew Gordon and Peter Wood cost four innocent lives, causing devastation to their families and distress to the wider community.

"As well as those who were killed and injured, this incident had a profound impact on the emergency service workers and passers-by who were at the scene, many of whom were left traumatised.

"Prosecutors and investigators worked together to build a compelling case which resulted in the convictions for Gordon and Wood and I hope these sentences bring some sense of justice to those who suffered as a result of this collision." 


Notes to Editors

  1. Phillip Potter, [20], who had been driving the tipper lorry, was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving and causing injury by careless driving at trial.
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