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Jury retire to consider verdict in Joe Lister case

Jury retire to consider verdict in Joe Lister case

5:47pm 24th May 2010
(Updated 3:12pm 25th May 2010)

The jury's retired to consider its verdict in a case against North Yorkshire County Council.

The authority's accused of breaching health and safety laws after 14 year old Joe Lister died on a caving trip in 2005.

Joe was one of eleven Tadcaster Grammar School pupils visiting Manchester Hole in November 2005 when floodwater swept through the cave.

He was carried away and died from drowning.

During the trial Leeds Crown Court heard how the water began rising rapidly, forcing youngsters to swim to safety.

In the council's defence, experts claimed the rise in water was "unprecedented" and could not have been foreseen.

North Yorkshire County Council's deny the charges against them.

(PICTIRED: Joe Lister)

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