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Farmer admits ‘care breach’ over death
Updated 5:27pm Wednesday 12th March 2014 in News
A FARMER has admitted breaching a duty of care to an employee who fell to his death through a farm roof.
John Binning, of Great Park Farm, Besselsleigh, near Abingdon, was facing a charge of manslaughter, which has now been dropped, in relation to the incident on October 18, 2012.
The 65-year-old instead admitted a lesser charge of breaching duty of care as an employer.
His son James Binning, 27, of Binnings Farm, Besselsleigh, also had a charge of manslaughter against him dropped at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.
Former army Sergeant Major Dean Henderson-Smith, 46, of High Street, Long Wittenham, died while working at Great Park Farm.
The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran was flown to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital by air ambulance but was declared dead.
A joint investigation was launched by police and the health and safety executive.
Binning is due to be sentenced today at the crown court.
He was released on bail.
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