Corporate manslaughter conviction - end of the road
Cotswold Geotechnical (Holdings) Limited was convicted
earlier this year of corporate manslaughter, the first company to
be convicted under the legislation introduced in
The company sought to appeal both its conviction and
sentence but the Court of Appeal has refused to hear the matter. No
appeal can progress without the Court of Appeal giving permission
for this to happen. The Court of Appeal Judges therefore have
clearly been satisfied that the Judge`s handling of the case, and
in particular his directions to the Jury, were beyond criticism and
that the fine also was imposed at an appropriate level. The fine of
£385,000 therefore stands.
There can be little doubt from this development that the
Court of Appeal is, in effect, saying that the fine was appropriate
and it must follow by way of comparison that larger organisations
if found guilty of this offence will probably find themselves on
the end of significantly greater fines which will be measured in
the millions rather than the thousands.
Posted on: 19/05/2011
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