APR 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Coventry City Escape Court Charges
City Football Club will not face prosecution over the death of steward
Ron Reeves following a blunder by the city council.
judge at Warwick Crown Court has ruled that there was an “abuse of
process” in the way the case was brought.
said that the correct procure had not been followed and the case could
not be allowed to continue.
Reeves, aged 55, of Northfields, Birmingham, was crushed to death by
the Arsenal team bus shortly before a Premier League clash at
Highfield Road in October 1998.
investigation into the circumstances of the accident by Environment
Health Officers led to a decision to prosecute the club for five
breaches of health and safety regulations with regard to employee
the charges have now been dismissed because of the technicality.
ruling was made after a four-day hearing because the city council had
not asked the views of its officer responsible for spectator safety
before taking the decision to prosecute.
representing Coventry City FC were able to argue that if councillors
had heard his views they might not have decided to press charges.
Health Manager Geoff Makin said the defence was able to argue this
regardless of what the officer's opinions were.
judge ruled that the correct procedure for the council bringing
prosecutions had not been followed and threw out the two charges that
were due to be heard before a jury before it had been sworn.
other charges are on the file but are unlikely to be heard.
of fans witnessed the incident and the Arsenal team players were on
the coach at the time of the crash.
than £17,000 was raised in a memorial fund, which was passed to Mr
stewards donated a proportion of their fee from the next home game and
fans and clubs from all over the country contributed.
special service in his memory was also held at the ground.
SEE: [31 OCT 98] STEWARD
DIES AT HIGHFIELD ROAD
SEE :[30 DEC 98] £17,000
FOR RON REEVES MEMORIAL FUND