Train death manslaughter trial

A jury has been shown the final moments of a wirral teenager, who died under the wheels of a train.

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Merseyrail guard told teenager "paid for his criminal negligence with her life"

A Merseyrail guard has been told a teenager "paid for his criminal negligence with her life" after she fell to her death between the train and the platform at Liverpool's James St station. Christopher McGee was today jailed for five years for causing the death of 16 year old Georgia Varley.

He had signalled for a train to move when Georgia was leaning against the carriage.

McGee showed no emotion as a judge passed his sentence. told him Georgia had paid with her life for his "appalling disregard" for her safety. Our correspondent Rachel Townsend reports:

CPS statement following train death

“This was a tragic case. The prosecution was based on the fact that the defendant had a duty, by reason of his function as train guard, to look after Georgia and that he breached that duty of care by starting the train when she was in a position of danger

“Mr McGee, as a trained guard with 20 years experience, would have known that the movement of the train would put Georgia act risk of injury and even death. Nevertheless he gave the instruction to start the train with terrible consequences.”

– Helen Morris, from CPS Mersey-Cheshire

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Family of Georgia Varley speak out as guard found guilty of manslaughter

A train guard has been found guilty of manslaughter after the death of a 16 year old girl at a station in Liverpool. Georgia Varley was on a night out with friends when she fell between a train and the platform.

45 year old Christopher McGee, who gave the signal for the train to set off, had denied the charges, saying he hadn't known she was in danger. Our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner reports

BTP statement after guard found guilty of manslaughter

British transport police have released a statement after a guard was found guilty of the manslaughter. 16 year old Georgia Varley died after falling between a train and the platform at James Street statement in Liverpool.

Christopher McGee will be sentenced tomorrow.

Georgia died in tragic circumstances and it is right and proper that the details surrounding her death were examined by a court and jury.

Train guards sometimes work in extremely challenging circumstances, but it is important to remember they have a duty of care to those who travel on their rail services.When this duty of care is not satisfactorily met, it is our duty to present the evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service who, where necessary, refer the matter to the courts.I hope, following today's verdict, Georgia's family can now gain some sense of closure."

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Taylor
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