Father in roofing tragedy to face no further prosecution

Tony Broadbent of High Street, Harrold. PNL-141015-143005001

Tony Broadbent of High Street, Harrold. PNL-141015-143005001

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A roofer who saw his son plunge to his death as they worked together on a warehouse roof is to face no further prosecution.

Tony Broadbent, from High Street, Harrold, who has already been acquitted by a jury of his son’s manslaughter, had been waiting to find out if he would face a retrial for an alleged offence of failing to discharge his duty as an employer.

But today (Friday, October 24) it was announced that the prosecution would be offering no evidence and the 61 year old father would not have to endure a second trial.

Mr Broadbent and his son Kyle, 25 had been replacing old skylights on a warehouse roof when the son accidentally stood on one and fell to his death.

During a trial at Luton Crown Court earlier this month the prosecution had claimed the father was grossly negligent in his safety procedures for carrying out the work.

At the trial the father denied the charge of manslaughter and also pleaded not guilty to failing to discharge his duty as an employer.

He was acquitted of his son’s manslaughter but the jury were unable to reach a verdict on the charge alleging he had failed to discharge his duty as an employer.

The prosecution had been given two weeks to decide if they would be seeking a retrial but today it was announced they were not.

Kyle, an I.T. worker was helping his dad on August 18, 2012 out as a way of repaying him for a Chelsea Football Club season ticket his father had bought for him.

But tragedy struck when Kyle, from Milton Keynes started walking towards his dad on the roof of the warehouse in Newport Pagnell and stepped onto a skylight which couldn’t bear his weight.

He plunged through the roof and down into the warehouse and died of multiple injuries.