The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Widow sues hus­band’s boss for £1m over death

- By Nick Con­sta­ble Shaftesbury

A YOUNG widow is su­ing her late hus­band’s boss for £1mil­lion af­ter his coun­try house party for staff ended in tragedy.

Katie Barnes-Mycroft has ac­cused jew­ellery en­tre­pre­neur Ja­son Al­lum of fail­ing to safe­guard rev­ellers roam­ing around the gar­den of his prop­erty in Dorset af­ter dark.

Her hus­band Tom Mycroft – a man­ager at Mr Al­lum’s jew­ellery chain Al­lum & Sid­away – fell over a low wall and plunged to his death.

He had been drink­ing from a free bar shortly be­fore the ac­ci­dent in Au­gust 2015.

Mo­ments ear­lier, he had texted his 22-year-old wife, who was six months preg­nant with their first child, to say: ‘Love you.’

Ac­cord­ing to pa­pers lodged with the High Court, Mr Mycroft, 24, at­tended the party in Shaftes­bury and in­tended to camp there overnight.

Guests could wan­der be­tween the bar, a buffet and a smok­ing area. Mrs Barnes-Mycroft’s bar­ris­ter, Paul Dean, claims Mr Al­lum should have re­alised the wall was a po­ten­tial dan­ger and en­sured it was fenced off, well lit or marked with a warn­ing.

He said: ‘Dur­ing the evening, Mr Mycroft con­sumed a quan­tity of al­co­hol which was read­ily avail­able from the bar.

‘To the right of the front door there was a very low re­tain­ing wall, on the other side of which was a steep drop of 7ft on to a metal man­hole cover.’

Mr Mycroft fell over the wall and his body was dis­cov­ered by a col­league. Mr Dean said Mr Al­lum ‘owed law­ful vis­i­tors to the premises a com­mon duty of care’.

Mrs Barnes-Mycroft and daugh­ter Molly are seek­ing more than £1 mil­lion for be­reave­ment and lost earn­ings.

De­fence pa­pers from Mr Al­lum and his firmwere not avail­able at court. Mr Al­lum did not re­turn calls to his of­fice in Dorch­ester and Mrs Barnes-Mycroft’s lawyers, Ir­win Mitchell, said she was un­avail­able for com­ment.

 ??  ?? VIC­TIM: Tom Mycroft and wife Katie. Inset, Ja­son Al­lum with his firm’s logo
VIC­TIM: Tom Mycroft and wife Katie. Inset, Ja­son Al­lum with his firm’s logo

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