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Rail guard guilty of teenager's death

A railway guard accused of causing the death of a teenager who fell under a train in Liverpool has been convicted of manslaughter.

Christopher McGee, 45, gave the signal for the driver to depart as Georgia Varley, 16, was leaning against the carriage.

The sixth-form college student, who was drunk on a night out with friends, fell between the train and the platform at the city's James Street station in October last year.

McGee, who had denied the charge, appeared to blink away tears as the jury at Liverpool Crown Court returned their verdict of manslaughter by gross negligence following three hours and five minutes of deliberations.

The jury was then discharged from reaching a verdict in an alternative, lesser charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act. There were gasps in the public gallery from where the defendant's supporters and Georgia's family had followed proceedings.

Trial judge Mr Justice Holroyde said he would pass sentence at 10am on Thursday. He remanded McGee in custody saying it was a "very serious offence" and he faces a sentence of imprisonment.

Georgia, from Moreton, Wirral, had gone into Liverpool for a night out with her friends when the incident happened on October 22 last year. A blood analysis following her death showed she had 236mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system - the legal driving limit is 80mg. She also had 0.083mg of the drug mephedrone, or Mcat, in her system at the time of her death.

The jury was shown shocking CCTV footage of the teenager's death. Georgia was seen mistakenly getting off the train just before 11.30pm, and then turning around and leaning against the side as she realised her friends were still on board.

The Birkenhead Sixth Form College student was then seen to stagger and fall down the gap as the train moved off, before stopping after travelling around 30ft. Giving evidence, McGee told the jury he thought Georgia was moving away from the train when he gave the signal to depart and said he did not know how drunk she had been.

Speaking outside court, Georgia's mother, Paula Redmond, 41, said: "We have listened as our daughter was portrayed as being a drunken liability when, in all honesty, she did no more than what many teenagers do of a weekend - she went out to celebrate her friend's birthday. The only liability that night was a train guard whom Georgia had the catastrophic misfortune to encounter. For he had very little, if any, regard at all for our daughter and her safety."

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