Oldbury recycling firm denies corporate manslaughter after death of worker

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A Black Country recycling company has denied corporate manslaughter after an employee suffered fatal head injuries.

Stuart Towns, a father-of-one, died after an incident at Alutrade Ltd in Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, on July 24, 2017.

Company directors Malcolm George and Kevin Pugh, and manager Mark Redfern were all charged with gross negligence manslaughter earlier this year.

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All three men denied involvement in Mr Towns’s death during a hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday, October 20.

Alutrade Ltd also denied corporate manslaughter.

They will face trial at the same court on February 21, 2022.

George, 54, of Bromsgrove, Pugh, 44, of Sutton Coldfield, and Redfern, 59, of Rowley Regis, were granted unconditional bail to appear in court for a further hearing in October next year.

In a statement released shortly after his death, the family of Mr Towns, who lived in Oldbury, said: “Stuart was loving, caring, generous, full of life and always had a smile on his face.

“He was always willing to help anyone that needed it and would never expect anything in return. His huge presence is greatly missed by us all.

“Stuart was a father-of-one, he was a loving son and brother, a good friend with a kind heart.

“He will be forever loved and always missed.”





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