Flying bouncy castle death ends in murder verdict

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Flying bouncy castle death ends in murder verdict
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Flying bouncy castle death ends in murder verdict in Spain’s Girona.

A six-year-old girl died in 2017 when the bouncy castle she was playing on flew around 40 metres in the air. The two people in charge of the restaurant in Gerona which had the bouncy castle have now accepted a prison sentence for reckless homicide. The bouncy castle had not been anchored appropriately.

According to Europa Press, the two people were also sentenced for crimes of serious negligence against six children who had been on the bouncy castle when it launched into the air. Reportedly as the prison sentences are less than two years the defendants will escape jail as they have no previous convictions.

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The bouncy castle had been installed at a farmhouse restaurant. It weighed in at 120 kilos and was 5.2 metres high.

According to Judge: “the inflatable did not have official documentation, instruction manuals or safety standards.” The judge explained that the restaurant owners did not seem to care about safety or how the inflatable was installed.

Relevant documents were only requested by the owner once the girl had died in the accident.


Despite having no documentation the two defendants had proceeded to set up the bouncy castle most weekends. The inflatable was set up next to the restaurant but “it was never attached with the front anchors, as the inflatable did not have the necessary ropes to carry out the attachment, a situation that was well known to the defendants”.

Due to strong winds, the bouncy castle took off in May 2017. The young girl died after the inflatable broke the limited number of anchors holding it to the ground. The bouncy castle flew nearly 40 metres through the air.

The young girl received a blow to her head which led to her tragic death. Other children were seriously injured in the incident too.


 


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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