Santon man on trial for 2013 hotel blaze
A Santon man embarked on a 'spur of the moment frolic' which grossly breached his duty of care and caused an Island hotel to go on fire, a court's been told.
Sixty-four year-old roofer Roy Cross's actions led to the vast majority of the Mount Murray accommodation block being destroyed in November 2013.
Those comments from advocate Michael Jelski as he outlined the case for the prosecution at Douglas Courthouse today (14 Nov) before a jury of six men and one woman.
Although Mr Jelski said there was no suggestion Mr Cross had started the fire in November 2013 deliberately, his failure to put a number of safety measures in place ultimately proved 'catastrophic'.
Mr Cross denies three charges of breaching health and safety laws.
The trial is continuing.