Two charged over the death of Emma Shaw

22/04/2013

West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised the police to charge Christopher Tomkins, 51 and Neil Hoult, 52, with offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in connection to the death of Emma Shaw in December 2007 at her flat at Jefferson Place, Grafton Road West Bromwich.

Mark Paul, Area Legal Advisor from West Midlands CPS, said:

"I have advised officers from West Midlands Police that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Christopher Tomkins and Neil Hoult with offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 arising from the fatal electrocution of Emma Shaw on 14 December 2007.

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

"The defendants will appear at Warley Magistrates' Court on 13 May 2013.

"Mr Tomkins and Mr Hoult now stand charged with a criminal offence and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."