THE HUNTLY EXPLOSION
CHARGE AGAINST THE MANAGER. .Before Mr E. Bnwson, S.M., at Huntly yestorday James Fletcher appeared on a charge that on September 12, 1914, at Hiiutly, through neglect with regard to the sa'tety of miners in Balph's mine, he caused the death of William Burton by committing manslaughter. Burton was oi;*> of the victims 'of the Huntly disaster. The Crown Prosecutor said that he and e.ou:«sel for the accused had agreed to a .itaMiiiifitit of facts which would save the time of the Court and which His Worship accepted. The statement was to the effect that on September 7 accused became incapacitated and was so at the time of the explosion, and William Gowan, who lost his life, had been appointed deputy manager in charge. -Bovd Bennie, inspector of mines in the Auckland and Taranaki provincial districts, gave evidence similar to that given during the inquest and inquiry by a, Royal Commission. A number of witnesses were examined at length, the object of the prosecution being to obtain facts to show that the accused, while aware of the presence of dangerous mixtures of gas and coal dust in the mine, did not take ordinary precautions to ensure the safety of the men in the mine. Thero was practically nothing in the evidence of interest which was not brought out at the official inquiry. December 4. Fletcher was committed for trial at the Hamilton Supremo Court in March next.
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THE HUNTLY EXPLOSION, Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914
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