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Gross negligence manslaughter charge over bull attack

05/08/2013

Alison Norton, Specialist Prosecutor handling Special Crime in the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have carefully examined the evidence gathered by Nottinghamshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive during their investigations into the death of Roger Freeman.

"Roger Freeman was tragically killed on 12 November 2010 after being attacked by a bull whilst walking on a public right of way through Underhill Farm at Stanford-on-Soar in Leicestershire.

"I have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Waterfall, who was responsible for Underhill Farm and its livestock at the time of the incident, with gross negligence manslaughter. This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Roger Freeman.

"Paul Waterfall has been bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 21 August 2013. Criminal proceedings are now underway and Mr Waterfall has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

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