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Man charged in gate crush death investigation

Semelia Campbell Photo: ITV Granada

A man has been charged following the death of six-year-old Semelia Campbell.

Kriston Kearns, 40, of Offerton Road, Hazel Grove, is charged with unlawfully killing Semelia by gross negligence manslaughter and will appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on March 12th 2013.

Shortly before 7.40pm on Monday 28th June 2010, police were called to Maine Road, Manchester to reports of a child trapped in an electronic gate.

On arrival officers discovered Semelia had been crushed between the gate and a retaining wall and found the electronic gate was stuck fast in the closed position.

After considerable efforts by the emergency services Semelia was freed and taken to hospital. She never regained consciousness and later died.