Wisbech care worker accused in Bawsey Pits drowning trial. The case continues

Bawsey Pits, near King's Lynn. Picture: IAN BURT.

Bawsey Pits, near King's Lynn. Picture: IAN BURT. - Credit: Archant

The trial continues today into two care workers who deny failing to take reasonable care of a teenager who drowned at a Norfolk beauty spot.

Umar Balogun, 16, died on July 16, 2013, at Bawsey Pits, near King’s Lynn.

Vanda Cawley and Kevin Roweth took a trip from Castle Lodge care home in Cambridge where the teenager was living.

The pair entered not guilty pleas to a charge of failing to take reasonable care for the safety of Umar Balogun and Jamie Whiteman, when they appeared at King’s Lynn Crown Court.

It is alleged that Cawley, 51, of Hazel Croft, Werrington and Roweth, 29, of Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, failed to plan the trip and failed to assess the risks.

It is also alleged that they failed to inform themselves of the boys’ swimming abilities, failed to take notice of warning signs and did not tell the boys to get out of the water after they got in.

The case was opened and adjourned until today (Tuesday 10) when Quentin Hunt, prosecuting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, is expected to open its case in front of Judge Mark Dennis QC.

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