Boss Jailed Over Skylight Death

Manslaughter of an Employee

19.05.2008

The owner of a roofing firm has been given a 10-month jail term after admitting to the manslaughter of an employee who fell through a skylight.

Daniel Dennis, 17, from south Wales, had been working for North Eastern Roofing for just seven days when he plunged through a set of roof lights on the Matalan store in Cwmbran, near Newport, in April 2003.

The case made legal history when his parents overturned a Crown Prosecution Service decision not to prosecute.

Peter and Anthea Dennis forced a judicial review of the CPS decision and it was quashed in 2007, the first successful case of its kind over a workplace death.

The company's boss, Roy Clark, 50, was charged with manslaughter through gross negligence in October last year and, on the eve of the trial at Cardiff Crown Court last month, admitted the charge.

He was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court.

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