Fire safety failings landlord sentenced to 12 months after jockeys' deaths

A landlord from Norton in North Yorkshire has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for failing to take adequate fire safety precautions after two jockeys died at his flats in Norton in 2009.

Alan Foster pleaded guilty to 4 breaches and was sentenced to 12 months for each, the sentences to run concurrently. He is likely to serve 6 months before he is released on licence.

It is impossible to say what the outcome would have been for Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson had the proper fire precautions been taken. It is clear however that their deaths would have been significantly less likely but for these breaches. The deaths of these two young people are an important aggravating feature."

– Judge Geoffrey Marson QC