Ra­dio­head ‘ap­palled’ by stay­ing of charges in fa­tal stage col­lapse case

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS -

The mem­bers of Ra­dio­head say they are “ap­palled” that charges stem­ming from a fa­tal con­cert stage col­lapse in Toronto in 2012 were stayed. On Tues­day, a judge ruled the jus­tice sys­tem had failed by al­low­ing the case to take far too long to come to trial.

In a state­ment, the band said the de­ci­sion “of­fers no con­so­la­tion, clo­sure or as­sur­ance that this kind of ac­ci­dent will not hap­pen again.”

They added it was “an insult to the mem­ory of Scott John­son, his par­ents and our crew.”

John­son, a 33-year-old Bri­tish drum tech­ni­cian, was killed on June 16, 2012, a few hours be­fore Ra­dio­head was set to take the stage at Downsview Park. Three oth­ers were in­jured.

A year later, en­ter­tain­ment com­pany Live Na­tion, en­gi­neer Domenic Cugliari and con­trac­tor Op­tex Stag­ing were charged with a to­tal of 13 of­fences un­der pro­vin­cial health and safety laws.

The sub­se­quent trial was de­railed when the pre­sid­ing judge, Shaun Nakat­suru, de­clared he had lost juris­dic­tion given his ap­point­ment to a higher court.

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