Borderline Officials Plead Not Guilty in Llangollen Spectator Death Case

Spectator Judith Garrett tragically died as a result of head injuries in 2014 when she was struck by an out of control racer. She had attended the Borderline event to watch her boyfriend Pete Walton compete.The charge against The British Cycling Federation, based at Stuart Street in Manchester, alleges that on August 31, 2014, at Tan y Craig Farm in Llangollen, it failed to conduct its undertaking to ensure the health and safety of people attending.

Race official Michael Marsden, 40, of Gressingham Drive in Lancaster, is alleged to have failed to conduct the event in such a way that people including Miss Garrett were not exposed to risk.

It is alleged that he failed to ensure the safety of spectators at the competition and failed to provide marshals with adequate training regarding the safety of spectators.

Not guilty pleas were entered to all charges and Judge Rhys Rowlands fixed a trial on June 4. It is expected to last four weeks

From the BBC –

“The charge against the British Cycling Federation alleges that it failed to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure the health and safety of people attending.

“Race official Michael Marsden, 40, of Lancaster, is alleged to have failed to conduct the event in such a way that people including Miss Garrett were not exposed to risk.

“It is alleged that he failed to ensure the safety of spectators at the competition and failed to provide marshals with adequate training regarding the safety of spectators.

“The final charge against him alleges that he failed to report the death of Miss Garrett at the competition.

“A marshal, Kevin Ian Duckworth, 41, Lancashire, is alleged to have failed to ensure that his health and safety duties as a marshal were complied with.

“Mr Duckworth and Mr Marsden were given unconditional bail.”

Source – BBC/Daily Post

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