Fines issued over castle death

03 Oct 2011

Two firms and a director involved in Liz Hurley's wedding to Arun Nayar have been fined for health and safety regulation breaches after a workman died in the grounds of a castle where their nuptials took place.

On April 30, 2007, Polish labourer Krysztof Wiecek, 45, was electrocuted by an 11,000-volt overhead power cable while taking down a marquee at Sudeley Castle, in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, a few weeks after Hurley and Nayar had married at the 15th-century castle.

Wiecek died in hospital after the cable, which was situated just a metre from the marquee roof, brushed the back of his head.

At Gloucester Crown Court, the directors of Sudeley Castle Ltd, Henry Dent-Brocklehurst and his sister Mary Dent-Brocklehurst, were fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs.

Meanwhile, Value for Money Co Ltd, which organised the event, was fined £11,000, and ordered to pay £10,000 costs, and James Pemble, director of marquee company Zomar, was fined £8,000 plus £8,000 costs.

Copyright Press Association 2011

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