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Thomas Cook employee charged over Corfu deaths – 3 Nov 2006

A Thomas Cook employee has been charged with manslaughter over the deaths of two British children poisoned by carbon monoxide gas on the island of Corfu.

The Thomas cook employee who inspected the Louis Corcyra Hotel is facing the manslaughter charges alongside the hotel’s director, general manager, maintenance manager the air conditioning installation manager and a maintenance employee.

The six could face jail sentences.

Christianne Shepherd, seven, and her brother Robert, six, were on a half-term trip with their father and his partner when they were poisoned.

It’s believed a faulty boiler and air conditioning unit at the bungalow led to carbon monoxide seeping in to the property.

The hotel has had its licence revoked temporarily although it could be permanent  if the management is found responsible for the deaths.

The Greek tourism ministry temporarily revoked the hotel’s licence earlier this week and said the penalty would be permanent if its management proved to be responsible for the deaths.

Thomas Cook claims that Greek authorities have yet to contact it about the charges.

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