Drayton Manor to face prosecution over death of girl

Thursday, 17th October 2019

THE operator of Drayton Manor theme park is being prosecuted under health and safety law over the death of 11-year-old Evha Jannath, the Health and Safety Executive said.

Evha died after falling from the Splash Canyon water ride at the attraction during the afternoon of Tuesday 9 May 2017.

Evha, one of a party of children visiting the park from Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester, died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after being rescued from the water by theme park staff.

More than two years on from her death, the park is facing a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work act.

An HSE statement says: “A Health and Safety Executive prosecution is being brought following the death of an 11-year-old girl at Drayton Manor theme park.

“On 9 May 2017, Evha Jannath died after falling from the park’s Splash Canyon water ride.”

Splash canyon ride

The entrance to the Splash Canyon ride.

Criminal proceedings haven’t yet started because an inquest into Evha’s death, due in November, is required beforehand.

In March this year we reported that following a police investigation, a file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice.

This was then reviewed and a decision has been made that the circumstances surrounding Evha’s death do not meet the threshold for gross negligence or corporate manslaughter.

Speaking at the time, Detective Inspector John Quilty from Staffordshire Police said: “The investigation into the tragic death of Evha has been extremely complex and we have worked closely throughout with the park, HSE and CPS.

“Evha’s family have been made aware of the findings and our thoughts remain with her family and friends.”

The file, at this point, was passed to the HSE to consider if any other offences are applicable.

At Tamworth Informed, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Evha, along with the owners and Staff at Drayton Manor Park and the Emergency Services who were involved with this tragic incident almost two years ago.

In May 2016, Tamworth Informed issued a plea to the public to show their support for the family-run theme park – and this view remains the same today.