Rail guard guilty of girl's death

Railway guard Christopher McGee has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence

Railway guard Christopher McGee has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence

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A railway guard accused of causing the death of a teenager who fell under a train has been convicted of manslaughter.

Christopher McGee, 45, gave the signal for the driver to depart as Georgia Varley, 16, was leaning against the carriage.

The sixth-form college student, who was drunk on a night out in Liverpool with friends, fell between the train and the platform at the city's James Street station in October last year.

McGee, who had denied the charge, appeared to blink away tears as the jury at Liverpool Crown Court returned their verdict of manslaughter by gross negligence following three hours and five minutes of deliberations.

The jury were then discharged from reaching a verdict in an alternative, lesser charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

There were gasps in the public gallery from where the defendant's supporters and Georgia's family had followed proceedings.

Trial judge Mr Justice Holroyde said he would pass sentence on Thursday.

He remanded McGee in custody saying it was a "very serious offence" and he faces a sentence of imprisonment.

Georgia, from Moreton, Wirral, had gone into Liverpool for a night out with her friends when the incident happened.

A blood analysis following her death showed she had 236mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system - the legal driving limit is 80mg.

www.justice.gov.uk/(Ministry of Justice)

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