Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boat Toddler Death Trial Begins

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boat Toddler Death Trial Begins

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THE mother of a British toddler killed by a speedboat in the Bahamas was returning to court today for the manslaughter trial of its driver and owners.

Two-year-old Paul Gallagher was sleeping on a sunlounger on the beach at the Atlantis Resort when the 19ft speedboat mounted the beach and ploughed into him in 2002.

The boat's driver, James Bain, and its owners Clifford Nottage and Evangeless Williamson, deny manslaughter through negligence in their trial at the Supreme Court in the Bahamian capital Nassau.

Andrea Gallagher, who intends to watch the trial unfold after a six-year campaign to get justice for her son, broke down in tears yesterday as she told the court how she first saw the horrific injuries that led to his death.

"I could see his head, which was split open and there was a big chunk of his skull missing. I could see into my own child's brain," she said.

Losing control of her emotions, Mrs Gallagher pointed to the three men accused of killing her son and said: "It was their boat and they drove it. …

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