Botch-job gas fit­ter weeps as he’s caged

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A GAS fit­ter wept as he was jailed for the man­slaugh­ter of a mil­lion­aire’s daugh­ter who died of poi­son­ing fol­low­ing his botched in­stal­la­tion.

An­drew Hartley, 37, fit­ted a new boiler in Zoe An­der­son’s home less than two weeks be­fore she was over­come by gas fumes.

He was handed a three-year prison sen­tence af­ter be­ing told it was “sim­ply the price he must pay”.

Judge Neil Ford QC said there were “no ma­li­cious or hos­tile in­ten­tions in this case” but the loss to the 24-year-old vic­tim’s fam­ily was pro­found.

A jury at Bris­tol Crown Court found Hartley guilty of gross neg­li­gence fol­low­ing a two-week trial last month.

Hartley, of Rad­stock, Som­er­set, had al­ready ad­mit­ted a charge of breach­ing gas safety reg­u­la­tions un­der by fail­ing to se­cure the boiler flue pipe at the Bath home.

As the sen­tence was read out Hartley wiped tears from his eyes.

The judge said: “You knew the po­ten­tial dan­gers of a car­bon monox­ide leak and leav­ing the flue un­con­nected cre­ated a clearly fore­see­able risk to life and amounted crim­i­nal neg­li­gence.” WHAT’S go­ing on with the weather?

One mo­ment it’s glo­ri­ous sun­shine and the next it’s rain­ing.

It’s bad enough de­cid­ing what to wear with­out not know­ing if I’m gonna get stuck in the mid­dle of a hail­storm.

Think I’ll try hot­pants and a scarf to­mor­row!

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