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Holiday reps found not guilty over deaths of two Yorkshire children

Holiday reps found not guilty over deaths of two Yorkshire children

7:58am 5th May 2010
(Updated 4:48pm 5th May 2010)

The parents of a brother and sister still say their children would be alive today if it wasn't for the negligence of tour operators.

That's despite a Greek court finding two Thomas Cook employees not guilty of manslaughter by negligence.

Christie and Bobby Shepherd died after a faulty boiler leaked gas into their bungalow in Corfu back in October 2006. Their father, Neil Shepherd, and his partner, Ruth Beatson, were also in the hotel bungalow and left in a coma, but survived.

Three judges in a court on the island cleared Richard Carson, 28, and Nicola Gibson, 26. Hotel manager Georgios Chrysikopoulos, the head of the hotel technical department, Petros Stoyiannos, and the hotel electrician, Christos Louvros, were each sentenced to seven years in prison. Civil engineer Dimitrios Xidias was given two years on probation.

Parents agony

The children's mother, Sharon Wood, has   said: "Our feelings go beyond disappointment, for we consider each of the defendants a link in a chain of events which led to our children losing their lives - each of these links vital, each capable of preventing the tragedy. I have and always will include Thomas Cook in this link. They are the biggest travel company in the world."

Dad Neil is urging the hotel owners to "carry out their promise of demolishing the bungalow and replacing it with a suitable memorial to our beloved children".

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