Neath Port Talbot man accused of causing the deaths of four Gleision miners appears in court
The man accused of causing the deaths of four miners in the Gleision disaster has appeared in court.
Malcolm Fyfield, 57, of Caerhenllys, Cwmllynfell, faces four counts of gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the September 2011 incident.
MNS Mining Ltd, which owned the colliery and employed Fyfield, faces four counts of corporate manslaughter.
No pleas to any of the charges were entered by either Fyfield or MNS during a brief hearing at Swansea Crown Court this afternoon.
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A plea and case management hearing date was set for May 20, and Fyfield was further released on bail.
Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50, and 39-year-old Garry Jenkins became trapped when water engulfed the Swansea Valley mine they were working in just after 9am on Thursday, September 15, 2011.
Despite a desperate search and rescue operation by police, firefighters and mines and cave rescue experts, the four trapped men perished.
Three men — Fyfied among them — managed to escape the influx of water.
The plight of the trapped miners and their families and friends made headlines and touched hearts around the world.
Immediately after the tragedy, an appeal was launched to help support the miners’ families and more than £1 million was raised, with £20,000 being donated on the first day alone.