Liberton High wall death inquiry begins

A deadly accident inquiry into the demise of a 12-year-old woman who died when a college wall collapsed has begun in Edinburgh.

Keane Wallis-Bennett died in April 2014 when a modesty wall within the PE altering room at Liberton Excessive Faculty fell on high of her.

A police investigation discovered no-one would face legal costs.

Nonetheless, it was determined an inquiry can be held to determine the complete circumstances surrounding the incident.

In her opening remarks, Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen stated the two-week inquiry would deal with why the wall collapsed, why it collapsed when it did and the property upkeep regime on the faculty.

‘Needs to be secure’

She stated the listening to got here at a time of specific poignancy as lots of Keane’s classmates had just lately been taking exams and have been making ready to make their approach in life.

Sheriff Principal Stephen added: “The entire group was completely shocked by Keane’s demise. A younger lady who attended faculty on 1 April, 2014, and didn’t return to her household.

“Faculty ought to be a secure place for folks.”

The inquiry heard that pupils had leaned on the wall whereas altering their footwear when it it collapsed on high of Keane.

In proof learn out to the court docket, one described fellow pupils’ efforts to carry the wall however stated it was too heavy.

One other witness, a Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, was requested if on 1 April – the day of the incident – he might reply why the wall fell.

He replied: “No.”

‘Grinding noise’

In an announcement, one woman informed how PE trainer Nicole Christie should have heard the bang because the wall fell and informed them to go away.

The trainer then went over to Keane and informed her: “It is alright. The ambulance is coming.”

Different women informed of pupils pushing or shoving towards the wall and one woman stated the wall moved forwards or backwards earlier than returning to its unique place.

One other informed of a “scraping or grinding noise” and the way she seemed down and noticed “a little bit of a spot” a few centimetre broad on the backside.

One other pupil stated a woman would put her again towards the bathe wall and her ft on the modesty wall and attempt to stroll up it, whereas one other tried to climb up the wall two or 3 times. However she stopped when she noticed the wall transfer as she had “bought a fright”and by no means did it once more.

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