Nightclub Doorman Acquitted of Gross-Negligence Manslaughter

Sebastiano Ragusa, a university graduate from Sicily who had been working part-time as a nightclub doorman, was acquitted on 5th February of gross-negligence manslaughter in relation to the death of a customer in June 2014.  Benjamin Newton led Kate O'Raghallaigh during the four-week trial at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), during which the alleged breaches of duty against Mr Ragusa were whittled down through cross-examination of the Home Office pathologist and numerous civilian, professional and police witnesses, with a very limited case left to the jury at the conclusion of the trial. 

Ben and Kate were instructed by Giovanna Fiorentino of Lansbury Worthington Solicitors.  


The case has been widely covered by the media, with outlets including the BBC and the Evening Standard reporting the acquittal.  Earlier articles on the case, with fuller descriptions of the allegations, can be found in The Guardian and the BBC.

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