Woman, 51, appears in court charged with killing two-year-old neighbour in gas blast that destroyed two houses
A woman has appeared in court charged with the unlawful killing of a two-year-old neighbour in a gas explosion.
Sharon Greenham, 51, is accused of the manslaughter of George Arthur Hinds, who died in the blast at his Lancashire home in May.
On Wednesday, she attended Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on crutches as George’s mother, Vicky, sat in the public gallery.
In a brief hearing, Greenham did not indicate a plea to the allegation as the matter was sent to Preston Crown Court.
She is also accused of the theft of gas.
Darren, 44, and Sharon Greenham, 51, have both been charged with manslaughter
Innocent George Arthur Hinds, two, was killed in a gas explosion at his home in Lancashire
Her husband, Darren Greenham, 44, faces the same allegations and is due to appear before the city’s magistrates on January 26.
A third defendant, Paul Marah, 54, also appeared in court on Wednesday accused of theft of gas and criminal damage.
Both Marsh, of Banks Crescent, Heysham, and Sharon Greenham, now of Bowness Road, Lancaster, were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on February 11.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the blast in Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham, in the early hours of May 16.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the blast in Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham
They found two houses had collapsed, with a third seriously damaged.
Police said a criminal investigation assisted by gas experts had identified the cause of the explosion as a gas pipe which had been cut in the property next door, 20 Mallowdale Avenue.
In a tribute issued after George’s death, his parents, Vicky and Stephen, said: ‘We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful George.
‘He was so precious to us.
‘We have no words to describe how we feel and just want time to ourselves to come to terms with what has happened.
‘Our beautiful little angel grew his wings today.’