Articles – Brutalist Architecture – Grenfell Tower Fire

“Grenfell fire: criminal charges with long prison terms not ruled out,” Caroline Davies

In: The Guardian, 7 August 2017

About 80 people are believed to have died in the fire in west London. Gross negligence manslaughter is among offences prosecutors could consider if police find sufficient evidence. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life in prison for those found to have high levels of culpability.

Saunders, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, said: “All of us want to see justice done … It is one of those tragedies where everybody will want to do as much as they possibly can in order to help both those who continue to be residents and those who died in the fire.

“We have been talking to police and assisting them with some early advice. We haven’t seen any evidence yet so it is far too early for us to say what offences we would be looking at. But there are a whole raft of offences against both individuals and possibly companies that we could be looking at depending what the evidence shows.

“If there is sufficient evidence then we will be prosecuting.”

Source: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/07/grenfell-fire-criminal-charges-with-long-prison-terms-not-ruled-out-director-of-public-prosecutions

Accessed 08 August 2017


 

“Grenfell council ‘may have committed corporate manslaughter’ – Met police,” Vikram Dodd and Harriet Sherwood

In: The Guardian, 28 July 2017

The Scotland Yard investigation into the Grenfell fire disaster has said there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect the council and the organisation that managed the tower block of corporate manslaughter.

The two organisations under suspicion are Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

The law on corporate manslaughter would require any prosecution to prove that there was a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed to those who died.

Source: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/27/met-says-grenfell-council-may-have-committed-corporate-manslaughter

Accessed 08 August 2017

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