Electrician jailed after boy electrocuted in pub garden
The pub’s owner, David Bearman, 73 , of Chelmsford, was sentenced yesterday at Snaresbrook Crown Court to nine years in prison for gross negligence manslaughter and abstracting electricity.
Electrician Colin Naylor, 74, of Rayleigh, was also sentenced to 12 months in prison for failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Local boy Harvey Tyrrell was electrocuted at The King Harold pub after he sat on a light and touched a railing causing an electric shock that proved fatal.
Police enquires found that landlord Bearman had often completed work on the electrics himself. He would also use friends and family to complete work, including his brother-in-law Naylor.
Multiple issues were detected at the premises as well as an illegal unmetered electrical supply.
It was discovered that the pub had its last full health and safety checks in 2009, that there were electrical defects listed including issues with wiring, cabling and that there was no current electrical test certificate for the premises.
Despite warnings from inspectors and multiple comments noting how dangerous the electrics were, Bearman failed to resolve any of the issues.
One incident resulted in Bearman himself suffering a major electrical shock just months prior to Harvey’s death.
Bearman is known to have called himself ‘an electrician’ despite having no qualifications.
The court also heard that the electrical installation of the light that caused Harvey’s death, and a significant amount of electrical maintenance at the property, had been completed by Naylor just three months previously.
On inspection, it was found that the metal casing of the light was live with electricity.
Naylor claims to have 50 years’ experience as a qualified electrician. He admitted that in April 2018, he had carried out work at the premises and had viewed one of the electrical distribution boards.