No one will be prosecuted after 12-year-old dies in school wall collapse

Prosecutors say they won’t be pressing any charges on anyone after the tragic death of a 12-year-old schoolgirl, who suffered devastating crush injuries when a wall collapsed on top of her.

Keane Wallis-Bennett died at Edinburgh’s Liberton High School in April two years ago when a changing room wall in a gym fell on top of her.

However, the Crown Office says that if new evidence comes to light, it may look again at its decision. A fatal accident inquiry is now expected to be held into Keane’s death, which was originally investigated by both Police Scotland and health and safety officials.

Keanne lost her life when a freestanding “modesty wall” in the changing room collapsed. Since the fatal accident, the gym hall where the girl died has been knocked down and £2.5 million has been invested in building new facilities at the 650-pupil school. The school was originally built more than 50 years ago, and the gym where she died had been refurbished in the eighties.

A statement from the Crown Office said: “After giving the case careful consideration, Crown Counsel have concluded, based on the available evidence, that there will be no criminal proceedings brought as a result of the death. Should additional evidence come to light that decision may be reconsidered.

“Crown Counsel have decided that it is in the public interest to hold a fatal accident inquiry to examine the full circumstances surrounding this tragic death to help avoid such an incident happening again in the future.

“The fatal accident inquiry will have an opportunity to consider the safety of internal freestanding walls.”

 

 

 



Judith is a qualified journalist who has worked in both the UK and the US, specialising in writing about politics, education and health.