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Fisherman's Friends: Jury visits site of Guildford gig deaths

Trevor Grills and Paul McMullen. Pic: BBC/McMullen Family Image copyright BBC/McMullen Family
Image caption Trevor Grills (left) and Paul McMullen died after being hit by a falling steel door

The jury in the trial of a man accused of causing the deaths of a shanty group singer and their promoter has visited the venue where they were killed.

Fisherman's Friends vocalist Trevor Grills, 54, and Paul McMullen, 44, died after a steel door collapsed at G Live in Guildford on 9 February 2013.

David Naylor, 57, director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, denies two charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The jury also saw a similar door at a property in Bisley.

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Image caption David Naylor denies two charges of manslaughter by gross negligence

Mr Grills, from Port Isaac, Cornwall, and Mr McMullen, from Disley in Cheshire, were at the venue ahead of a performance due to be staged by the 10-piece group.

They were unloading music equipment from their van when the door, designed and manufactured by Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, fell on them.

Mr McMullen, originally from Heanor in Derbyshire, died at the scene and Mr Grills in hospital a few days later.

Adrian Darbishire QC said Mr Naylor was "a man of integrity" who "had faith" in the doors he sold, believing they were a "safe design".

He told Guildford Crown Court that concerns raised by a customer in Bournemouth were "not ignored".

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Image caption Fisherman's Friends had been due to perform at the Guildford venue

Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd denies a third charge of a breach of health and safety laws.

On the opening day of the trial, the jury was told doors manufactured by Mr Naylor's company had failed before.

The trial continues.

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