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Four men to face criminal charges over death of Jack Barnes

Jack’s sister Sam and mother Patricia
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14 Sep 2023

The Crown Prosecution Service has today announced that Greater Manchester Police have been authorised to charge four men in relation to death of Jack Barnes, from Hull.

Mr Barnes, 29, died after being chased and restrained by staff working at the station in October 2016.

At a subsequent inquest into his death, at which Hudgell Solicitors represented his mother Patricia Grayson, a coroner recorded a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’.

Paul Fogarty, 50, Brian Gartside, 59, Stephen Rowlands, 67, and Matthew Sellers, 29, who were staff members subcontracted by Metrolink at the time, are to be charged with unlawful act manslaughter.

Mr Rowlands is also to be charged with a single offence of perverting the course of justice relating to a witness statement.

The CPS initially said manslaughter charges could not be considered, however, following legal representations on behalf of Jack’s mother by Hudgell Solicitors, there have since been two CPS reviews of the case.

Read our full article with comments from solicitor Neil Hudgell and Mrs Grayson here.

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