Update on SP Plastics

Discussion in 'Fireworks Forum Chat And Discussion' started by John KH, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. John KH

    John KH Pro Firer/Crew Supports UKFR

    Richard Pearson has been given bail to appear in court next April on two charges of gross negligence manslaughter. The trial is expected to take four weeks.
  2. They used to be my local supplier. Incredibly tragic what happened and I know from talking to the lads there that they were massive Pyro fanatics.
  3. Pyro Productions

    Pyro Productions Pro Firer/Crew

  4. scoops

    scoops Pro Firer/Crew

    Without knowing anything of the case nor person's involved I can only take one thing from this unfortunate event and that is; always, always expect the unexpected to happen at some time in your life if you deal with pyro. I think it's safe to say most if not all of us have had a near miss or worse with pyro, luckily those reading survived them and probably learnt but complacency can creep up if you don't watch out..
  5. paul s

    paul s Supports UKFR

    The one thing that surprises me more than any other is the fact that Richard (a decent bloke from the couple times I've met him in days gone by) showed "no remorse whatsoever....."

    I really cannot understand that stance. All very, very sad.
  6. geoff

    geoff Supports UKFR

    He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  7. Is that it ! Brilliant justice system we have I’m sure the victims will be chuffed with that
  8. Jon

    Jon Pro Firer/Crew

    Most manslaughter sentences are between 2-10 years.
  9. danielpyronutter

    danielpyronutter Supports UKFR

    He will be out in 5
  10. paul s

    paul s Supports UKFR

    Even 5 years is a long and painful haul for "non career" criminals.
    It doesn't seem much, but just think about how much we have each seen and done in the past five years.
    He cocked up and will now lose quite a chunk of his life and livelihood. Under the circumstances I'm not convinced a longer sentence would make any difference - he certainly isn't going to make the same mistake again.
    It's the every day scum bag criminals that need the key throwing away.
  11. danielpyronutter

    danielpyronutter Supports UKFR

    Agreed, as you say it was an accident
    Lazarus1258 likes this.
  12. AtomFireworks

    AtomFireworks Pro Firer/Crew

    Any idea on exactly what caused the initial ignition?
  13. Blimey. That’s a bit steep.

    He was a silly sod but 10 years? The Winters got half that and they were storing 1.1 were they not?

    Without dismissing the tragic lost of life he should surely appeal that.
  14. paul s

    paul s Supports UKFR

    I was wondering exactly the same. What were the grounds of his conviction? Apart from his 'admission of over loading' what else were factors in this?