Le­gion­naires vic­tim’s wife: I want an­swers

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Krissy Stor­rar [email protected]

Fam­i­lies and sur­vivors tak­ing le­gal ac­tion over a deadly out­break of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease in 2012 are fac­ing a fur­ther “frus­trat­ing” de­lay.

Four peo­ple died and nearly 100 needed treat­ment af­ter be­ing ex­posed to the Le­gionella bug in south-west Ed­in­burgh.

But the group of peo­ple su­ing at the Court of Ses­sion can­not have their case heard un­til the con­clu­sion of a crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion against two com­pa­nies.

Cather­ine MacDon­ald, whose part­ner Bert Air was the first to die, said: “It’s six years past June since he died. I’m re­ally an­noyed it’s tak­ing this long.”

She added: “I just want some­body to hold their hand up.

“Even if it’s just a let­ter to say sorry. It’s not money I am do­ing this for.

“Bert’s death took its toll on the fam­ily, es­pe­cially his mum, who died six months af­ter him.”

Some sur­vivors still suf­fer symp­toms af­ter be­ing in­fected with the lung dis­ease.

The group’s lawyer, David Bell, se­nior as­so­ciate at Ir­win Mitchell Scot­land, said: “Many of those we rep­re­sent are very frus­trated that they are still wait­ing for an­swers more than six years af­ter the event.”

The civil case against MacFar­lan Smith and Ash­land In­dus­tries is likely to be heard next Au­gust.

Both firms pleaded not guilty to al­legedly ex­pos­ing em­ploy­ees to Le­gionella bac­te­ria.

The crim­i­nal charges are un­re­lated to the deaths.

Bert Air died in 2012

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