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Port Erin man and SCS in court over manslaughter charge

Builder died after falling from scaffolding last year

A man from Port Erin and the company he worked for have appeared in court over a death at King William’s College.

Thirty-six-year-old Stephen Ian Phillips, of Kitterland Lane, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse.

He hasn’t yet entered pleas to manslaughter and failing to discharge his health and safety duties as an employee on 4 August last year.

Also in the dock was Stuart Clague Services Limited, of Ballanette Park in Baldrine, which hasn’t yet entered pleas to one count each of failing to discharge health and safety duties and breaching safety regulations on the same date.

The court heard builder Gary Skelding fell from scaffolding at the school in Castletown and died on 4 August last year.

Mr Skelding, who was living in Laxey but originally came from Wolverhampton, had been working on a building there at the time of the incident.

Mrs Hughes adjourned both cases until 14 September.

She bailed Mr Phillips in the sum of £500 until he appears in court again.

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