Poor main­te­nance caused girl’s death

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

Four peo­ple have each been jailed for a year over the death of a young child who fell from the faulty door of a school bus.

The Emi­rati girl was killed when the hatch flung open in May 2015 as she and other chil­dren were driven to school.

Abu Dhabi Mis­de­meanour Court yes­ter­day handed down the sen­tences to the four men - an Arab su­per­vi­sor and three Asian tech­ni­cians.

Their na­tion­al­i­ties were not stated in court, nor was the lo­ca­tion of the ac­ci­dent or the name of the school.

The girl was de­scribed as un­der 10 years old.

The men were found guilty of neg­li­gence that led to a fa­tal­ity.

Pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion said they found it had been 10 years since the ve­hi­cle’s door sys­tem had been put through main­te­nance checks.

A pros­e­cu­tor said: “The ex­pert re­port said the door sys­tem was faulty at the time of the in­ci­dent and that the au­dio or vis­ual alarm would not sig­nal to the driver when it ac­ci­den­tally opened by it­self. In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the bus door sys­tem had gone for 10 years since it came into oper­a­tion with­out main­te­nance.” De­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent, he added: “The girl ac­ci­den­tally fell through the bus’ rear emer­gency door af­ter the driver made a turn on one of the roads.

“The child landed hard on the ground, which caused her death.”

The driver, who is Asian, was ear­lier con­victed of caus­ing the girl’s death.

But pros­e­cu­tors re­opened the case and pros­e­cuted the four men af­ter new ev­i­dence showed the mal­func­tion could have been de­tected. The men de­nied neg­li­gence. The judge also or­dered that the four men pay blood money to the girl’s fam­ily, which is usu­ally set at Dhs200,000.

‘The bus door sys­tem had gone for 10 years with­out main­te­nance’ – Abu Dhabi pros­e­cu­tor

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