THE former manager of the Gleision mine has been charged with
four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.
Malcolm Fyfield was charged this morning, and has been bailed
to appear at Neath Magistrates Court on February 1,
The owners of the Swansea Valley mine, MNS Mining Ltd, are to
face corporate manslaughter charges in connection to the same incident, and will
appear in court on the same date.
Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50 and
39-year-old Garry Jenkins all perished when water engulfed the mine they were
working in just after 9am on Thursday, September 15, 2011.
Despite a desperate search and rescue operation by police,
firefighters and mines and cave rescue experts, the four trapped men could not be
At a lunchtime press conference in Neath, South Wales Police
superintendent Phil Davies said it had been a very complex investigation. He said 40 officers had worked on the case, taking more
than 300 statements and collecting 450 exhibits.
He said: "No stone has been left unturned in relation to find
out what happened on that tragic day."
The plight of the Gleision miners and their families touched
people around the world, and led to the creation of an appeal fund which
eventually topped more than £1 million.
For more on this story see Saturday's South Wales Evening
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