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Stunt firm boss to be sentenced over human cannonball death

Tue, 20 Dec 2016

24-year-old Matthew Cranch died during a stunt in 2011.
24-year-old Matthew Cranch died during a stunt in 2011.

The boss of a stunt firm will be sentenced later for a breach of health and safety laws which resulted in the death of a Manxman over five years ago.

Matthew Cranch died when a safety net failed during a human cannonball stunt in Kent in April 2011.

40-year-old Scott May - who runs Stunts UK Ltd - pleased guilty to a charge of breaching health and safety laws earlier this year.

The prosecution told Maidstone Crown Court that May showed a "flagrant disregard of the law", and exposed Mr Cranch to a "wholly unacceptable level of risk".

Details of two previous near misses were also given at the hearing, while training for the position was described as informal.

Judge Jeremy Carey will continue to reconvene the sentencing hearing from 10.15am.

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