Northamptonshire care company in court after teenage boy drowns in lake

A Rothwell care company has appeared in court on charges of failing to take care of teenage boy who drowned swimming in a lake.

Friday, 11th March 2016, 12:29 pm
Updated Friday, 11th March 2016, 12:36 pm
Bawsey Pits.

Umar Balogun, 16, drowned in West Norfolk beauty spot Bawsey Pits on July 16, 2013, after his carers failed to spot a sign saying swimming was prohibited.

Castle Homes, based at The Manor House, High Street, Rothwell, has been charged with failing to discharge a duty to ensure Umar was not exposed to risks to his health and safety.

No plea was indicated during the hearing.

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Earlier today (Wednesday, March 9) Vanday Cawley, 49, of Hazel Croft, Werrington, near Peterborough, appeared at Kings Lynn Magistrates’ Court when she denied a charge of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of the teenager.

A third defendant, Kevin Roweth, of Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, was due to appear but did not attend the hearing.

Magistrates have issued a warrant for his arrest.

The case has been adjourned to April 6 at Norwich Crown Court for a plea and management hearing.