A man accused of causing the death of four miners in the Gleision Colliery disaster has appeared at Swansea Crown Court.
Malcolm Fyfield was the general manager of the mine when the incident happened in September 2011. He has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.
Mr Fyfield was remanded on bail until May 20, when he will be expected to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charges.
Also appearing in court were representatives of MNS Mining Ltd, which owned the mine at the time of the incident, to answer charges of corporate manslaughter.
Lawyers told the court that the company representatives would also not be entering a plea, and will also appear in court on May 20.
The manager of Gleision Colliery where four miners died, has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter. The four men were killed whilst working at the mine in September 2011.
The company which owns the colliery has also been summonsed to answer four counts of corporate manslaughter. Here's Richard Morgan.
Upon completion of the investigation and following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, the mine manager, Malcolm Fyfield has today been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.
In addition, a prosecution for four offences of corporate manslaughter against the owners of the mine, MNS Mining Ltd, is proceeding.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the local community for their continued support and understanding throughout this process.
A man has been charged with manslaughter following an investigation into the deaths of four men at Gleision Colliery in September 2011.
Malcolm Fyfield, 57, has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter and will appear at Neath Magistrates Court on February 1st.
The four men – Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50 and Garry Jenkins, 39 - died after becoming trapped in the mine on 15th September 2011.
Tributes are being paid today to the four men who died in the Gleision mining disaster. It's exactly year since the tragedy in the Swansea Valley which shocked Wales and the world.
Some of the victims' families have been attending private remembrance events while the Welsh public and politicians have been paying their respects.
Nicola Hendy reports.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the 4 brave men who tragically lost their lives at the #Gleision mine a year ago today
Exactly 12months ago I started getting calls about an incident in Swansea Valley - never dreamt it would become the heartbreak of #Gleision
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