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Crown Prosecution Service admits mistakes in dealing with Deeside scrapyard death

THE Crown Prosecution Service has admitted making mistakes in the case of scrapyard worker Mark Wright, who died after an explosion at Deeside Metal, Saltney, in 2005.

In a statement, the CPS said that on three occasions their lawyers had misapplied the law and advised no action against scrapyard manager Robert Roberts, of Golftyn Drive, Connah’s Quay.

A final review of the evidence by the Special Crime Division in June 2009 decided charges of gross negligence manslaughter were appropriate.

However, the trial judge at a preliminary hearing in February this year dismissed the manslaughter charge – partly because he concluded a prosecution for manslaughter would then amount to an abuse of process and partly because he also concluded there was insufficient evidence to enable a jury to convict on that offence.

A CPS spokesman said: “The reviewing lawyer met Dorothy Wright, Mark’s mother, to apologise for the earlier errors and the subsequent delay.”

Dad-of-two Mr Wright, 37, of Wrekin Way in Saltney, was engulfed in flames when he was asked to crush thousands of mini aerosols.

Roberts eventually pleaded guilty to a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £10,000 at Caernarfon Crown Court Last Monday, December 13.

Deeside Metal was also fined £100,000 and Mold-based Jeyes UK Ltd, where the aerosols originated, was fined £330,000 and told to pay £50,000 costs.

This week Mr Wright’s mum Dorothy Wright, who co-founded campaign group Families Against Corporate Killers, told the Chronicle: “My son and his family will never now be granted the justice of a full trial for manslaughter and corporate manslaughter.

“I am grieving for my son, but I will climb through it to carry on fighting for justice for families like mine.”

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