Firework Factory Owner To Stand Trial After Fatal Blaze

14 September 2017, 15:45

Fireworks

A business owner accused of manslaughter after a fatal fireworks warehouse blaze is to stand trial next year.

Richard Pearson, 43, from Stafford, pleaded not guilty to two charges of gross negligence manslaughter during an appearance at the town's Crown Court, a court spokesman said.

The charges follow an inquiry into the deaths of 41-year-old Simon Hillier and Stewart Staples, 57, in a fire at SP Plastics in Baswich, Stafford, in October 2014.

The trial of Pearson, who was granted bail, has been listed to start on April 16th.