“William Thurston and Shelby Thurston, have both been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.
The two married fairground workers responsible for the death of seven-year-old Summer Grant have been jailed for three years today (15.06.2018).
Summer was killed after a gust of wind lifted the inflatable from its moorings and sent it “cartwheeling” 300 metres down a hill at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex.
The couple were also found guilty of a health and safety offence following the incident on March 26 2016 and were sentenced to a further 12 months’ imprisonment for that offence, to run concurrently.
Sentencing them, Mr Justice Garnham said the couple “took the most monumental risk with children’s lives by continuing to allow children on the bouncy castle” after they decided to close the big slide, “and that risk-taking cost Summer her life”.
He also called on the Health and Safety Executive to take the steps necessary to make it compulsory for fairground operators to have proper wind speed measuring equipment.
David Jones, of Norwich-based law firm, Morgan Jones Pett Solicitors, who represent the family said “It’s imperative that the Health and Safety Executive respond positively to the judges comments so as to minimise the risk of any future accident of a similar nature. This is a tragic and avoidable accident which has had devastating repercussions.”
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