Andrew Hartley convicted of gross negligence manslaughter

02/03/2012

Andrew Hartley, 36, from Radstock was today convicted by a jury at Bristol Crown Court of gross negligence manslaughter.

In December 2011, Zoe Anderson died as a result of inhaling carbon monoxide, emitted from a gas boiler fitted by Hartley at her home in Sion Hill, Bath.

CPS Crown Advocate Alyson Harris said: "Zoe was a young woman aged 24 who faced a life full of promise. Her death is a tragedy for all those who loved her and would never have happened if the boiler fitted by Hartley had been properly connected.

"The CPS worked closely throughout with Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to prepare and bring this case to court.

"When I reviewed the case in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I decided there was sufficient evidence and that it was in the public interest to go ahead with a prosecution. The jury today found that Andrew Hartley was, beyond all reasonable doubt, guilty of gross negligence which caused the death of Zoe Anderson. Our thoughts today are with her family."