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July 05, 2012                 12:00AM

A MAN has become the first person in New South Wales to be charged with manslaughter over a backyard drowning death after a child fell in his unfenced swimming pool and died.

Police allege Armidale man Philip Cameron, 61, caused the death of a 2 1/2-year-old boy by failing to adequately erect a suitable pool barrier in keeping with backyard pool legislation.

The toddler, who cannot be named, was with his mother at Cameron’s neighbour’s place in Armidale on May 14 when he wandered out to the yard and into Cameron’s adjoining property.

Police allege Cameron had not repaired a broken perimeter fence, which acted as a pool barrier, for up to 12 months, and it remained unfixed the afternoon the little boy fell into it.

The boy’s distraught mother pulled her child from the pool unconscious.

He was rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where he was on life support for two days before he died.

After a two-month investigation, police on Tuesday charged Cameron with manslaughter.

He will face Armidale Local Court next month.

Cameron is the first person to be charged with manslaughter over a swimming pool death, following the recommendations of Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon.

In 2010, Mr MacMahon called for the NSW Attorney-General to consider a new criminal negligence offence for swimming pool deaths blamed on faulty gates and unfinished fences.

He said the new law would make it an offence if a person drowned in a pool where the owner or person responsible was negligent in not ensuring pool safety standards.

The recommendation stemmed from the findings of an inquiry into the deaths of eight children who lost their lives in suburban backyard pools in 2008-09.

Australian Criminal Law Specialists principal lawyer Nick Boyden said police have always had the power to charge a person with manslaughter over inadequately fenced pools, by way of criminal negligence, even if this is the first time it has been used.

“You’d have to prove a duty of care to the deceased, as the owner of a backyard pool … And that the person breached that duty of care which caused the death of the deceased,” Mr Boyden said.

Michael Morris from the Samuel Morris Foundation, which aims to prevent drowning deaths through education and awareness, said the death of the toddler and the subsequent charge was tragic for all involved, but highlighted the seriousness of pool safety laws.

“I would hope this does act as a reminder for everyone that if you don’t comply with the legislation, there are significant penalties,” Mr Morris said.

from:  http://www.news.com.au/national/charged-for-pool-death-of-toddler/story-fncynjr2-1226417370981


using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



Philip Cameron

789317 3145965                76


how he loses his heart’s desire = 76 = Trespassers.  Trespassing.





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