Man in court over excavator death


A man is due to appear before Birmingham magistrates on Monday 27 February, in connection with the death of a man on a Redditch building site.

Jayne Salt, Head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service Complex Casework Unit said:

"I have authorised West Mercia Police to charge Jonathan Gold, aged 47, with perverting the course of justice, perjury and failing to ensure the safety of a non employee.

"These charges relate to the death on a construction site of Mark Handford on 12 August 2009 when Gold allegedly struck the deceased with an excavator that he was operating. It is alleged that he then altered evidence at the scene, gave a false account to police of how the incident happened which caused them to investigate on a false basis and then in due course repeated that false account at an Inquest.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

"Jonathan Gold will be appearing before Birmingham Magistrates' court on Monday 27 February for a first hearing."