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 saved.
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 Post
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