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Penhallow hotel owner, administration manager & fire consultant face charges at Truro Crown Court on 23rd March 2011

By January 29, 2013Blog

Andy Woollam, manager of the Penhallow Hotel (L), and John McMillan, Director of the Holdsworth Hotel Group (R)

A director and a manager of a company that owned a hotel in Cornwall that was destroyed in a blaze three years ago will appear in the dock at Crown Court in March.

The Penhallow Hotel on the seafront at Newquay burnt down shortly after midnight on August 18, 2007 killing three guests.

John McMillan, a director at O&C Holdsworth Ltd who owned the hotel and Nicola Burfitt, group administration manager for the company face charges along with Martin Tricker, of Hawthorne Safety Consultants. O&C Holdsworth Ltd also face charges. All are accused of failing to make sure fire precautions were installed at the hotel.

Yesterday in a brief hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court the case was committed to Truro Crown Court for plea and case management on March 23. None of the defendants were requested to attend the hearing. Their unconditional bail was extended in their absence until the case comes to court again.

Joan Harper, 80, Monica Hughes, 86, and her son Peter Hughes, 43, all from Staffordshire on holiday in the seaside town, died in the tragedy.

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