Woman jailed for manslaughter after man died when he was hit by a tram

31/10/2017

A woman who pushed a stranger off a station platform causing him to be fatally injured by a tram has been jailed for five years.

Charissa Brown-Wellington, 31, pushed Philip Carter towards tram tracks following a brief argument at Manchester Victoria train station on 11 June. The pair were not known to each other and it is unclear what prompted their dispute.

Mr Carter, 30, fell between the platform and the moving tram and died  following the collision.

Brown-Wellington was sentenced to five years imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court today (31 October) after admitting manslaughter at a hearing on 22 September.  She is also subject to three years extended licence as a dangerous offender.

Nicky Moore of the CPS said: "This is a tragic case where a man lost his life following a brief argument with a complete stranger at a busy train station.

"Charissa Brown-Wellington used unnecessary force to push him. Mr Carter had no opportunity to defend himself and was crushed between the platform and the tram.

"We originally authorised that she was charged with murder.  We accepted her plea to manslaughter at an earlier hearing as we recognised that she did not intentionally push the victim under a tram, but did so after she lost her temper during the argument. She must now face up to the consequences of her reckless actions as she begins this prison sentence.

"I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Carter."

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Charissa Brown-Wellington (dob: 19/05/1986) pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter
  • Nicky Moore is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West