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Man Jailed for Health and Safety Failings in Malton Jockey Fire

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7:32am 17th May 2013
(Updated 2:34pm 17th May 2013)

A man's been sentenced to a year in jail for health and safety failings at the flat in Malton where two jockeys lost their lives.

Jamie Kyne, who was 18 and Jan Wilson, who was 19, were killed in a fire at their flat in Buckrose Court in 2009.

37 year old Peter Brown was convicted for their manslaughter the next year.

Alan Foster of Buckrose Court in Norton has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court.

The 65 year old pleaded guilty to four counts of not meeting laws designed to prevent fire deaths or injuries.

Area Manager Dave McCabe of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said; “The events and circumstances surrounding this case contributed to the tragic and unnecessary loss of life for two young people. The officers of The Fire and Rescue Service have been acutely aware of the effect these losses have had on the families of Mr Jamie Kyne and Miss Jan Wilson.

“This case has been long, protracted and complicated to investigate for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Fire Authority has been determined to resolve all the issues and breaches of legislation that occurred.

“It is not possible, nor desirable to continually check up on every premises where the Fire Safety Order applies. The duty to ensure premises are safe lies with ‘The Responsible Person’. In this case Foster was ‘The Responsible Person’ and he failed in his duties.

“The Fire Authority, through the law, has done what it can to bring some recompense. However, our thoughts and condolences are with the families of Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson.”

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