Acquittal stands for optometrist who missed fatal eye condition

Honey Maria Rose Credit: ITV News Anglia

An optometrist who was convicted over the death of an eight-year-old boy, only to have the decision overturned by the Court of Appeal, will not have her case sent to the Supreme Court.

Honey Maria Rose, 36, saw Vincent Barker for a routine eye test at a branch of Boots in Ipswich. During the exam she missed an eye condition which led to his death in July 2012.

She was accused of gross negligence manslaughter, convicted last year at Ipswich Crown Court and given a suspended sentence. That decision was quashed in July this year at the Court of Appeal in London.

Vincent Barker Credit: Family photo

This acquittal will now stand after judges refused to send the case to the country's most senior judges.

The prosecution had applied to take the case to the Supreme Court, claiming the law on gross negligence manslaughter is "not satisfactorily clear" and needed to be considered by leading judges.

However, the application was turned down in a hearing lasting less than a minute, at the Court of Appeal.