Waterpark Drowning: Mum And Stepdad Deny Manslaughter

5 July 2017, 16:10

Charlie Dunn - Tamworth - Bosworth Water Park deat

The mum and stepdad of a five-year-old boy who drowned at a water park in Leicestershire have denied his manslaughter and ill-treating him during the four years before his death.

Lynsey Dunn and Paul Smith pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of Charlie Dunn and a separate of charge of child cruelty said to have been committed against the youngster between March 2012 and July last year.

Dunn, 28, and 36-year-old Smith are accused of causing the death of Charlie by gross negligence by permitting him to enter a bathing area unsupervised.

The couple, of Caledonian, Glascote Heath, Tamworth, Staffordshire, were charged last month after an inquiry into Charlie's death at Bosworth Water Park, near Hinckley, in July last year.

Dunn and Smith also denied four other child cruelty offences relating to three other children during a plea hearing at Leicester Crown Court.

Smith, who appeared in court via a video-link to HMP Leicester, pleaded not guilty to two charges of witness intimidation alleged to have been committed in March and June this year.

One of the intimidation charges read to Smith alleges that he threatened the father of a witness, while the other alleges that he threatened to petrol-bomb a woman's family and to ``rip her head off''.

Judge Nicholas Dean QC remanded Smith in custody and granted Dunn bail until their three-week trial begins at Birmingham Crown Court on November 29.

As the couple were remanded, Smith shouted "Love you, babes. Keep your chin up'' to Dunn, who replied "Love you too''.

A further directions hearing is due to be held at Leicester Crown Court on October 20.

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