THE MANSLAUGHTER trial of a millionaire property developer and his foreman over the death of a carpenter who fell at their building site has been called to a halt.
Judge Christine Laing today discharged the jury which had been sworn in to try the case of Michael Holland and Grant Oakes at Lewes Crown Court.
The case, which opened on Tuesday, was stopped and a re-trial is expected to begin in the next few days.
Holland, 69, of King’s Road, Brighton, and his site foreman George Oakes, 46, of Elm Drive, Hove, are charged with manslaughter by gross negligence, which they both deny.
Oakes also denies failing to discharge his duty under the Health and Safety Act 1974.
David Clark fell while working at Stanmer Park stable block in September 2014.
Paramedics rushed to the aid of the 55-year-old, of Dyke Road Avenue, Hove, but he died in hospital a month later.