March 1, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Corporate Manslaughter Trial Delayed

The first trial under the new UK Corporate Manslaughter Act started last Tuesday. But on Friday after hearing legal arguments from both sides, the judge adjourned the trial for 18 weeks while the owner of Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings, Peter Eaton, underwent “urgent and intensive” medical attention.

Peter Eaton faces a life sentence in prison and his company faces an “unlimited” fine if convicted.

The charges stem from a tench collapse that killed Alex Wright. Alex was taking a soil sample at the bottom of a trench when it collapsed and suffocated him.

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