Wednesday, November 14, 2012

UK- Railway Guard guilty of manslaughter over drunk 16 year old.

This makes no sense. It is a tragedy but why is he guilty over this girl's stupid mistake when he was doing his job?
A railway guard accused of causing the death of a teenager who fell under a train was convicted of manslaughter today.

Christopher McGee, 45, gave the signal for the driver to depart as Georgia Varley, 16, was leaning against the carriage.

The sixth-form college student, who was drunk on a night out in Liverpool with friends, fell between the train and the platform at the city’s James Street station in October last year.

.....Georgia, from Moreton, Wirral, had gone into Liverpool for a night out with her friends when the incident happened on October 22 last year.

A blood analysis following her death showed she had 236mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system - the legal driving limit is 80mg.

She also had 0.083mg of the drug mephedrone, or Mcat, in her system at the time of her death.

The jury was shown shocking CCTV footage of the teenager’s death.

Georgia was seen mistakenly getting off the train just before 11.30pm, and then turning around and leaning against the side as she realised her friends were still on board.

The Birkenhead Sixth Form College student was then seen to stagger and fall down the gap as the train moved off, before stopping after travelling around 30ft.

The prosecution said McGee gave the signal to the driver to start the train when Georgia was in contact with the train and was in an 'intoxicated state'.

Giving evidence, McGee told the jury he thought Georgia was moving away from the train when he gave the signal to depart.

Party: Georgia had been at a friend's 18th birthday party on the night she died

He also said he did not know how drunk she had been.

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