Five face trial over Briton's rail station death

Last updated at 11:12 13 May 2004


Five people are to face trial for the manslaughter of a British woman who was crushed to death when a moving walkway collapsed in Italy, it emerged today.

Professor Sally Baldwin, 62, died instantly when she fell through a hole and was dragged into revolving cylinders beneath the walkway at Rome's Tiburtina railway station last October.

Prosecutors in Rome decided yesterday that two engineers and three managers will stand trial on charges of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

After the incident, investigators found that the walkway, built by OCS, had been under repair and should not have been in use.

Those charged were engineers Massimo Migotto and Sergio Marfut, the firm's managing director Domenico Leti, and managers Leonardo Casali and Luana Lepore.

Prosecutor Roberto Staffa said all five were responsible for Prof Baldwin's death through their "imprudence and negligence".

The trial is due to take place in Rome later this year.

Prof Baldwin, originally from Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, was on holiday in Italy with ex-husband Jack Baldwin and a friend when the tragedy happened.

The retired University of York lecturer had been planning to spend her 63rd birthday at Mr Baldwin's apartment at Fara Sabina, just outside Rome.

The couple were still on good terms despite recently divorcing after more than 30 years of marriage.

Prof Baldwin fell through the walkway when the group were about to catch a connecting train to visit friends at Terni, an hour north of Rome.

A train driver bravely tried to drag her to

safety but was also caught in the machinery and suffered a serious leg injury.

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