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Director of two Forest of Dean businesses to stand jury trial accused of manslaughter

A director of two Forest of Dean businesses is to stand jury trial accused of the manslaughter of a 38-year-old employee in 2019.

At Bristol Crown Court today (November 22), Kyle Gettings, 35, of Marten Road, Chepstow, a director of Forest Metals Ltd and K & B Recycling Ltd, pleaded not guilty to the charge that on March 6, 2019, he unlawfully killed Martin Simmons by gross negligence.

Prosecutor Philip Stott said: "I understand that a trial venue still needs to be established, whether it be here in Bristol or in Gloucester.

"If there is a choice between the two centres, the victim's family would prefer Gloucester because of the travel arrangements."

Judge William Hart said: "The Recorder of Gloucester needs to agree that the case should be heard in Bristol. However, I know that the Recorder, Judge Ian Lawrie QC is keen to hold Gloucester cases in that city.

"As long as the resident judge is agreeable, this case should be heard in Gloucester."

Ben Waters, defending, said: "Trial counsel will be Kate Brunner QC and the proposed dates of August 30, 2022, or September 5, 2022, would be acceptable start dates for the three-week trial. "

Mr Stott said there would be relevant footage from a film production company, who were filming at the business park at the time of the incident.

Mr Simmons was badly injured in an industrial accident at 4.20pm on February 20th 2019 at a newly-installed tyre shredding machine in a unit on the New Dunn Business Park, Sling, Coleford.

Mr Simmons, known as 'Mugsy' was injured when his arm was allegedly caught in a conveyor belt of the machine. He also suffered crushing of the main artery to the neck which left him with brain damage.

Mr Simmons' work colleagues attempted to carry out CPR on him while waiting for paramedics to arrive. He was later airlifted to hospital in Bristol, but he died 15 days later when his family agreed that his life support machine could be switched off.

Gettings was released on conditional bail to appear at court on a date and venue to be fixed.

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