The trial of two Thomas Cook employees over the deaths of two children in Corfu started today after being adjourned from last summer.

Richard Carson, 28, and Nicola Gibson, 26, who both work for Thomas Cook,  face charges of manslaughter and negligence following the deaths of Christianne Shepherd, seven, and her six-year-old brother Robert from carbon monoxide poisoning in a Greek holiday apartment in October 2006.

The trial of the pair and 10 Greeks, including staff from the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in Gouvia where the children died, opened this morning at the Corfu Town Courthouse with evidence from the first witness, the children’s father Neil Shepherd.

Evidence will continue to be heard throughout today before the court breaks and reconvenes in February and March when it is hoped the trial will be completed.