Worlingworth: First court hearing for wall collapse deaths case

Ipswich Magistrates' Court

Ipswich Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A structural engineer has today appeared in court charged with manslaughter charges following an investigation into the deaths of two people who were crushed by a wall while working on a barn conversion.

Barry Potts, 64, of Ipswich Road, Freston, was charged with gross negligence manslaughter after Kevin Ruffles, 57, of Parsons Hill, Hollesley, and Matthew Skeet, 19, of Orchard Close, Melton, were killed during the incident in Worlingworth on October 21, 2010.

He has also been charged with a health and safety offence.

Elliston Steady and Hawes (Building) Ltd, the company who owned the building site at The Old Maltings, faces charges of two health and safety offences.

Both appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today.

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Potts and Elliston Steady and Hawes (Building) Ltd will next appear before Ipswich Crown Court on July 23.

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