Sark carriage fatality: accidental death ruling
Saturday 31st August 2013, 12:10PM BST.
A SWISS woman’s death in Sark that resulted from the carriage she was being driven in tipping over was an accident, an inquest concluded yesterday.
Dora Jufer, 67, from Melchnau, died in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital at 5.22pm on Tuesday 26 June last year. She never regained consciousness after the accident, which happened some time after 11am.
Mrs Jufer was one of eight passengers in a carriage owned by Phillip Perree, who were being taken on a tour. The driver, David Bevan, had a lifetime experience of driving carriages.
All carriages in Sark are subject to annual tests and this one had passed and been licensed on 18 March.
Law Officers liaison Nigel Burnard told the inquest that the file had been referred to the Law Officers, who concluded that on material provided there was no realistic prospect of conviction for an offence of gross negligence manslaughter.
Judge Cherry McMillen ruled that Mrs Jufer had died from severe head injuries that resulted from a horse-drawn carriage turning over.
The verdict was one of accidental death.
Judge McMillen extended the court’s deepest sympathies to Mrs Jufer’s family and friends.