Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Meg Burgess death: 'Wall not up to standard'

Meg Burgess was killed whilst on the way home from the shops with her mother and baby brother Photo: North Wales Police / Family

A wall which collapsed and killed a young girl had not been built to the required standard, an expert told a manslaughter jury at Mold Crown Court today.

Three-year-old Meg Burgess had been walking home from the shops along a footpath in Meliden, near Prestatyn, with her mother in July 2008 when the wall collapsed.

Health and Safety Executive Inspector, Andrew Rattray, said the main reason for the collapse was that the wall was not anchored into the footings.

Company director George Collier, 59, of Kinmel Bay, is accused of manslaughter due to gross negligence - a charge he denies.

Giving evidence today, Mr Rattray said that although there was some re-enforcement in the wall, it was not effective and did not connect adequately into the footings. He said the construction of the wall fell "substantially" short of the required standard.

He said, the wall should either have been fenced off or the company should have used a banksman to monitor the work and pedestrians.

The trial continues.

More on this story