Shoreham air show crash pilot’s Old Bailey trial starts today

Posted On 16 Jan 2019 at 12:05 am

The prosecution of Shoreham air show crash pilot Andrew Hill is due to start today (Wednesday 16 January) at the Central Criminal Court – better known as the Old Bailey – in London.

Andy Hill

Andy Hill, 54, was at the controls of a Hawker Hunter jet aircraft when it crashed during the air show on Saturday 22 August 2015.

Incredibly, he survived when the vintage fighter jet came down on the A27 next to Shoreham Airport but 11 men died.

Hill, of Sandon Road, Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, denies 11 charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

On Monday (14 January) a jury of four men and eight women was sworn in for his trial which is expected to last at least five weeks. It could take as long as eight weeks.

The jury was picked from a panel of 56 people after they had answered questions about their knowledge of the crash, the area and potential witnesses in the case.

The trial is being presided over by High Court judge Sir Andrew Edis, also known as Mr Justice Edis.

The prosecutor is 58-year-old barrister Tom Kark who has spent his career specialising in criminal law, including previous manslaughter cases, as well as NHS cases and health and safety law.

The 11 men who died were

Maurice Abrahams, 76, of Brighton

Dylan Archer, 42, of Brighton

Tony Brightwell, 53, of Hove

Matt Grimstone, 23, of Brighton

Matt Jones, 24, of Littlehampton

Graham Mallinson, 72, of Newick

Daniele Polito, 23, of Goring

Mark Reeves, 53, of Seaford

Jacob Schilt, 23, of Brighton

Richard Smith, 26, of Hove

Mark Trussler, 54, of Worthing

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