Two men facing manslaughter and abstracting electricity charges after seven-year-old Harvey Tyrrell was electrocuted in a pub garden in September 2018.
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Harvey was electrocuted while climbing over the wall of the King Harold pub in Romford to get his football. According to the report by MyLondon, he was shocked after standing on a garden lamp. At first it was thought that Harvey had suffered a head injury from a fall, but the post-mortem revealed that he had died from a fatal electric shock.
Paramedics found young Harvey unconscious in the pub’s back garden and rushed him to hospital, but they couldn’t save his life and he was pronounced dead soon after.
Manslaughter and abstraction
David Bearman, 72, has admitted to gross negligence manslaughter and abstracting electricity worth £22,995.
A second pensioner is also due to stand trial in the coming months.
Tributes to the schoolboy in the days after the tragedy have poured in, saying: “Harvey was a beautiful, happy & healthy seven-year-old boy who loved his football just like any other boy his age.”
Innocent lives are risked every day when people cut corners by messing with their electricity supply. In this case, a young and vulnerable life was needlessly lost as a result.
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