Mike Holland manslaughter trial halted

Posted On 18 May 2017 at 12:20 pm

The trial of Brighton millionaire and his foreman for manslaughter over the death of a worker at Stanmer has been halted because of juror issues.

Mike Holland

The trial, which opened on Tuesday, was stopped this morning but will be relisted for a later date.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “We understand from court that the case has been stopped because of juror issues and we expect it to be re-listed for a re-trial in the coming days.”

Property developer and philanthropist Mr Holland and his site foreman Grant Oakes were charged with manslaughter following the death of carpenter David Clark, 55, of Dyke Road Avenue, Hove, in October 2014, four weeks after he fell from the newly built fourth floor of the stable block in Stanmer Park.

A jury of 12 people was selected on Monday, with two extra people sitting in court listening as “spare jurors” until the end of the prosecution case, by which time it should be clear if there is any conflict of interest.

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