Failure to adequately protect the public has led to a massive fine being levied against the operators of Warwick Castle.
The prosecution resulted from the fatal fall of a man at the Castle in 2007. The man tripped over a parapet wall and fell more than 17 feet into a dry moat. He died later from the head injuries he sustained in the fall.
The site operator was prosecuted under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 and Regulation 5(2) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Evidence was given of a series of communication and other failures, which led to a guilty verdict on both charges.
The firm was also ordered to pay the costs of prosecution of £145,000.