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Farmer to Stand Trial Over the Death of a Rambler Killed by a Bull

A Leicestershire farmer is set to stand trial over the death of a rambler killed by a bull.

Mr Waterfall of Stanford on Soar faces the Crown Court trial after being charged with manslaughter and gross negligence. The rambler Mr Roger Freeman was fatally injured by a bull while walking with his wife Glynis on a pubic footpath which ran through a field at the farm property near Stanford on Soar in November 2010.  Mr Freeman died at the scene and his wife was seriously injured. The farmer and keeper of the animal was charged with manslaughter and gross negligence earlier this month after the Crown Prosecution said it had collected sufficient evidence for the Health and Safety Executive and the Nottinghamshire Police to take the case forward.

Appearing in Nottingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 21 August 2013 Mr Waterfall spoke only to confirm his name and address. He has now appeared at Nottingham Crown Court which has provisionally arranged a full trial for April of 2014 which is estimated to last four weeks.

All farmers and landowners and keepers of livestock must be aware of the legal implications and requirements for keeping livestock particularly if the land is crossed by public rights of way or has easy access for the public. All members of the public should be aware of the potential danger particularly if walking dogs in the countryside.