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Camden Council to face trial over toddler's death

PUBLISHED: 17:25 23 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:47 07 September 2010

Camden Council has denied a charge that it breached the Health and Safety at Work act in relation to tragic death of a two-year-old toddler from Belsize Park. Saurav Ghai died from multiple injuries after a 6ft by 8ft panel of the Wendling Estate s bounda

Camden Council has denied a charge that it breached the Health and Safety at Work act in relation to tragic death of a two-year-old toddler from Belsize Park.

Saurav Ghai died from multiple injuries after a 6ft by 8ft panel of the Wendling Estate's boundary wall was blown over by gales in Southampton Road, Gospel Oak, on January 18, 2007.

Saurav's father Vinay and mother Desiree, of Parkhill Walk were at the City of London Magistrates Court on Tuesday to hear Camden Council plead not guilty to a charge of breaching the Heath and Safety at Work Act in relation to the incident.

The Ham&High revealed in May last year that after a two and a half year investigation the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were to bring a case against the Town Hall.

Their charge relates to the council's alleged breach of section 3.1 of the 1974 act which states it "shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not exposed to risks to their health and safety." If found guilty the Town Hall would face a minimum of £100,000.

Lachlan Nisbet, prosecuting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, who have brought the charge against the council, asked for the case to be sent to crown court for trial. The council's defence barrister raised no objections to the request.

A trial date has been set for Tuesday, March 30 at Southwark Crown Court.


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