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#740770 - 6th Nov 2012 11:20am Train guard stands trial for manslaughter
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GEORGIA TRAGEDY: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter after death of Wirral teenager.

A 16-year-old girl died after falling beneath a train she had just got off in a city centre station, a court heard yesterday.

Georgia Varley fell onto the platform at James Street station in Liverpool while banging on the windows and then fell off the edge of the platform and was run over.

cctv footage of her on the crowded Merseyrail train and her final 30 seconds after disembarking were played to a jury in a hushed courtroom.

On trial at Liverpool Crown Court is the train's guard, Christopher McGee, 45, of Edenhurst Avenue, Wallasey, who denies manslaughter and also a charge of failing to ensure the safety of others.

Opening the prosecution case NIcholas Johnson, QC, said that the tragedy happened at 10.30pm, on October 22, last year when Georgia came into Liverpool from Manor Road station, near West Kirby, with friends.

"She never got out of the station. She ended up being run over by the very train on which she had arrived," he said.

Mr Johnson said that although it was a crowded train, only one person was in a position to see and control everything that happened.

"Most importantly only one person had the capability to prevent the situation that led to Georgia Varley's death."

He claimed that McGee did two things which caused her death.

"Firstly he gave the signal to the driver to start the train when he could not have failed to realise that Georgia Varley was in contact with the train and was in an intoxicated state.

"It is the prosecution case that seeing she had her hands against the train and knowing or at least suspecting she was the worse for drink he nonetheless gave the signal for the train to start.

"That was a deliberate act that he must have known would inevitably subject Georgia Varley to a degree of force that was highly likely to throw her off balance with the consequent risk of injury. If that is right then we say that in the circumstances it was a criminal act.

"The second thing he did namely his failure to countermand the signal to start when it was clear she could be dragged along by or under the train serves further to demonstrate that his conduct was deliberate.It created the very obvious risk of killing her.

"To the eyes of a highly-trained Merseyrail guard, we suggest the risk was even more obvious than it would be to the average person," alleged Mr Johnson.

He told the court that earlier that evening Georgia and others had been at a friend's 18th birthday and Georgia, who had been drinking and taking Mephedrine, known as Mcat, was a described as the drunkest person there.

She fell down the stairs in the house and Mr Johnson said that it may be part of the problem was that she was wearing very high-heels which when combined with vodka made it difficult for her to maintain her stability. "That my be significant."

The group walked to Manor Road station and Georgia, who carried her shoes there, she fell over in the station booking office.

When the train arrived at Meols station she got off followed by a friend but a passenger kept the door open and they got back on.

This was seen by McGee, who has been a train guard for 20 years, who had got off and walked the length of the train before getting back on to check the doors and "no doubt realising there was a drunken girl, probably more than one, on the train," claimed Mr Johnson.

Back on the train, where there was a party atmosphere, Georgia, from Moreton, fell over twice and had to be helped up.

When the train arrived at James Street Georgia was one of the last to disembark and when McGee realised she had fallen under the train he sent the emergency stop signal to the driver and the train halted after having travelled 33 metres.

Mr Johnson said that McGee, who was deeply shaken and upset, told a policeman that Georgia had been banging on the windows and doors of the train as it moved out of the station.

She fell onto the platform and between the platform edge and the train onto the lines beneath.

He later told a Merseyrail "guard standard manager" that at James Street he heard banging and saw Georgia banging on the windows so opened the doors to let her back on but she moved away so he closed them again and indicated for the driver to go.

He said she came back and started knocking on the windows and then fell and he indicated to the driver to stop.

Mr Johnson claimed McGee got that wrong and the jury would have to consider "whether this error was a honest mistake of a deeply shaken man or whether it was a deliberate attempt to try to explain away what we suggest was a grave crime he had committed."


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#740781 - 6th Nov 2012 11:47am Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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A very sad case, I know this man personally and don't think he has ever had a bad bone in his body, but obviously questions have to be asked. Rip Georgia.

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#740804 - 6th Nov 2012 1:37pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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Will whoever provided this 16 year old with Alcohol and Methadrone be investigated for their part in this tragedy? IMO They should

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#740807 - 6th Nov 2012 1:53pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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Agree zimmer also mersey rail needs to look at staffing levels doubt if there was only one incident to be dealt with that night. So sad.

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#740937 - 6th Nov 2012 7:20pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Zimmer]
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Can i take this a bit further Might up set people by staying she took the alcohol and methadrone so is it not her fault...


Edited by 2005wireman (6th Nov 2012 7:30pm)

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#740957 - 6th Nov 2012 7:54pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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If she was in such a state as they said she was at Manor Road train station, should she not have been allowed to travel on the train for her own safety and someone with her should have taken her home. She could still have been alive today if someone with her had been sensible and taken her home instead of taking her to Liverpool to the clubs, after all she was only 16 years old and if she was in that state before the clubs, what state would she have been in at them and after them.


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#740964 - 6th Nov 2012 8:04pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Santos]
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If she was in such a state as they said she was at Manor Road train station, should she not have been allowed to travel on the train for her own safety and someone with her should have taken her home. She could still have been alive today if someone with her had been sensible and taken her home instead of taking her to Liverpool to the clubs, after all she was only 16 years old and if she was in that state before the clubs, what state would she have been in at them and after them.


Fazakerley !!

Nevertheless, a tragic end to a young life. Irrespective of who is to "blame" here, our thoughts must go out to the girl's parents. Hard to comprehend. RIP.

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#740982 - 6th Nov 2012 8:34pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: ]
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It's a tragic event but there were people at the top of the chain that could have prevented this happening.She wouldn't have got into most of the clubs anyway & if she was so drunk she shouldn't have been allowed on the train she should have been taken home she may be alive today.
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#741053 - 6th Nov 2012 10:56pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: ramy2007
Not being funny their are so many questions to be asked to just blame one man is a joke a young life has been lost and instead of people taking responsibility why not just blame someone doing their job. why was a 16 year old allowed girl out at 11pm drink high and out on the piss instead of at home with her family where she belonged

we live in a culture where blaming someone else make it all ok




I have to agree with you her my daughter is 16 and she is in at 8pm sunday to friday to thursday and 9pm on a friday and saturday.Am not stirck but i like to know were she is and that she is safe.

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#741058 - 6th Nov 2012 11:16pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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Tragic tragic waste of a young girls life. frown

What pubs/ clubs served her or her friends? Who let her on to the station platform? Could a fellow passenger have intervened? so on and so forth
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#741072 - 6th Nov 2012 11:48pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Tragic tragic waste of a young girls life. frown

What pubs/ clubs served her or her friends? Who let her on to the station platform? Could a fellow passenger have intervened? so on and so forth
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#741100 - 7th Nov 2012 8:29am Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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Not the gaurds fault.

Just passing the blame on the gaurd bull***t.

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#741113 - 7th Nov 2012 9:25am Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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Agree not the gaurds fault,alas we live in a world were blame comes first.
So from that it starts with the parents, her so called freinds who allowed her to get into the mess she was in.Those who servered her with drink.
My thoughts are with the family.

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#741152 - 7th Nov 2012 11:13am Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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I know a fair bit about this incident,
The guard cannot be blamed 100%, and to convict him would be a crime in itself.

Take out the underage alcohol/drugs + heels, this would not have happened.

God bless the young lass who lost her life, and my heart goes out to her family.... But dont look for a scapegoat in the guard.
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#741198 - 7th Nov 2012 1:43pm Re: Train guard stands trial for manslaughter [Re: Willo_]
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Its awful that the guy is getting blamed for a tragic accident.

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