Maintenance worker charged after toddler balcony death

The balcony Credit: Press Association

A man has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after a two-year-old girl fell from a balcony of an apartment block in Sheffield.

She died after falling from the fourth floor of the block in Willey street in June 2012.

Ryaheen Banimuslem

Mark Auty, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said:

“I have carefully reviewed all evidence in relation to the death of a two-year-old girl in Sheffield who tragically fell from the fourth floor of an apartment block where she lived in June 2012.

“Ryaheen Banimuslem was playing with her older brother in a communal garden in the housing development, when she fell through an area of the fence surrounding the fourth floor, which was missing a glass panel.

The boarded up balcony Credit: Press Association

“I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Robert Warner, who was contracted to carry out maintenance work in the apartments, for gross negligence manslaughter.

“This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

“I extend my sympathies to the family of Ryaheen Banimuslem.“

Robert Warner is due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on 13 August 2013.