19/05/2017

Portadown Builder Jailed Over Death Of Worker

A Portadown building contractor has been ordered to serve 12 months in prison for the manslaughter of an employee who fell from a roof in Co Armagh, the Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday, 18 May.

Mr Norman McKenzie admitted the manslaughter of Petyo Hristanov on 20 January 2015.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland considered the earlier sentence of Mr McKenzie on 10 March 2017 to be unduly lenient and referred the case to the Court of Appeal for review of the sentence.

Mr McKenzie will serve 12 months behind bars and 12 months on licence.  In addition the court imposed sentences of six months imprisonment on each of the counts relating to Health and Safety offences to run concurrently with the twenty four months imposed on the count of manslaughter.  The fines previously imposed were removed.

(CD)

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