As I predicted on Friday a deal was struck in the trial of Mcleod and the Mad Dog River boarding company in connection with the death of British tourist Emily Jordan, before the defence presented its case. Despite the trial going well a shocking three charges against McLeod and one against the company were dropped on Monday. The company pleaded guilty to the two remaining charges. Just why a deal was struck is a ‘ mystery’
Sentencing will be carried out later today. (source TVNZ)
Emily’s father Chris Jordan is in New Zealand attending the trial. Before he left England he told Worcestershire local newspaper The Shuttle
“that the family want to see changes to the health and safety laws in New Zealand to better protect people who take part in extreme sports. “We also want to see an inquest, which we haven’t seen yet,” Mr Jordan told the paper last week.
The Jordan family have set up a charity, The Emily Jordan Foundation, to “help individuals with moderate learning and physical disabilities to lead fulfilled lives”.
The Jordan family and Johnathan Armour have yet to have their reactions to the deal published in the NZ press.
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