Wilburton fairground workers to stand trial today over the death of schoolgirl Summer Grant

PUBLISHED: 10:56 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:56 17 April 2018

Summer Grant

Summer Grant

Archant

Two Wilburton fairground workers charged with the manslaughter of a schoolgirl are due to stand trial today (April 17).

Summer GrantSummer Grant

Seven-year-old Summer Grant, of Norwich, died from multiple injuries after a strong gust of wind apparently swept the bouncy castle she was playing on across a park in Harlow, Essex, on March 26 2016.

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and 28-year-old William Thurston, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, have both denied manslaughter and a health and safety offence.

The pair, who are described in court papers as self-employed, are also charged with a health and safety offence.

During a court appearence in July 2017, William Thurston, who has short brown hair and wore a black suit, white shirt and dark tie, and Shelby Thurston, who has long blonde hair and wore a black skirt and white blouse, spoke only to confirm their personal details.

No pleas were taken during the two-minute hearing and the pair were bailed to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The parents of Summer paid tribute to their daughter after the tragedy.

Mother Cara Blackie said she was “truly heartbroken”, adding: “Summer was a bright, beautiful and most loving little girl, it is so unfair that you have been taken, it just doesn’t make sense.”

Summer’s father, Lee Grant, described her as the “most happy, polite and beautiful girl in the world”.

He added: “I still can’t come to terms she’s not here.”

The trial begins today (April 17) at Chelmsford Crown Court and is expected to last three weeks.

David Jones, of Norwich-based law firm Morgan Jones Pett Solicitors, who represent Summer’s family, said: “The family have faced an agonising wait for the criminal prosecution to take place.

“They remain deeply distressed by the loss of their bright, beautiful and loving little girl. This is an extremely anxious time for them all.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

55 minutes ago

Two Cambridgeshire council leaders today call for Mayor James Palmer to come clean over the rapid – and surprise – departure of the £150,000 year chief executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Yesterday, 15:54

An Ely shop manager is “still in shock” after the jewellery store she works in was robbed of a £3,000 ring in broad day light.

Yesterday, 14:52

Plans have been submitted for a railway station platform to be extended, which could see eight-car trains between King’s Lynn and Cambridge.

Yesterday, 10:00

The driver of a Range Rover that careered into a house in Ely today was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy