Gleision mine manager Malcolm Fyfield appears in court
THE manager of the Gleision mine has appeared in court for the first time since being charged with manslaughter over a disaster which claimed four lives.
Malcolm Fyfield, 57, of Caerhenllys, Cwmllynfell, faces four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.
He appeared in the dock during a brief hearing at Cardiff Magistrates' Court this morning.
The company which owns the colliery and had employed him, MNS Mining Ltd, was also summonsed to court facing for four counts of corporate manslaughter.
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Two directors from that company, Maria Seage and Gerald Ward, also appeared in court.
Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50, and 39-year-old Garry Jenkins all died after becoming trapped when water engulfed the Gleision mine they were working in just after 9am on Thursday, September 15, 2011.
District Judge Bodfan Jenkins said: “You all understand these are matters that can only be dealt with at the crown court. I therefore send you there.”
Fyfield was given conditional bail until the next hearing on February 11. That hearing will take place at Swansea Crown Court.