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George Collier jailed after wall collapse killed three-year-old Meg Burgess

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

A company director has been jailed for two years after a wall collapsed, killing a three-year-old girl.

George Collier, 49, from Kinmel Bay, was today found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence - a charge he had denied.

Meg Burgess was walking home from the shops along a footpath in Meliden, near Prestatyn, with her mother and baby brother in July 2008 when the wall collapsed.

Mold Crown Court heard Meg suffered 'catastrophic' injuries, and despite attempts to revive her she was pronounced dead 10 minutes after arriving at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan.

George Collier's company, Parcol Developments Ltd, had been hired to build the wall as part of renovation work on a cottage.

But the court heard that the wall had not been built to the standard required.

The jury took nearly three hours to unanimously find him guilty. He had been warned to expect a custodial sentence.

Parcol Developments Ltd, had pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at an earlier hearing.

The company, which is understood to be penniless, received no separate penalty.

This was a tragic case, in which a young girl lost her life. Mr Collier was responsible for the design and construction of the wall but did not make sure it was built to safe standards, nor did he prevent members of the public from walking past it, with terrible consequences. His conviction should act not only as a reminder of the dangers of sub-standard building work, but also of the consequences for those who carry it out. I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of young Meg Burgess.

– Rosemary Ainslie, lawyer for the CPS Special Crime division

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