Man cleared of manslaughter over Guildford venue deaths

Man cleared of manslaughter over Guildford venue deaths

The director of a door manufacturing company has been cleared of manslaughter over the deaths of Fisherman's Friends singer Trevor Grills and tour promoter Paul McMullen at Guildford's G Live venue.

Grills, 54, and McMullen, 44, were killed after a two-tonne steel door, which allowed backstage access from the outside, collapsed on them in February 2013. The 10-piece band had been due to perform at the venue later that day.

David Naylor, 57, of Bridgnorth, was found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence following a trial at Guildford Crown Court. However his firm, Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, was fined £30,000 after being found guilty of a health and safety breach.

The BBC reports that in her sentencing, Judge Philippa Whipple said there was no "deliberate disregard for the law" but the company "fell far short of the appropriate health and safety standard".

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