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Fisherman's Friends case: Door crush accused 'wished it was him'

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

A man accused of causing the deaths of a shanty group singer and their promoter said "I wish it had been me", a court has heard.

The brother of accused David Naylor attributed the remark to him in a statement read to the trial jury.

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.

Mr Naylor, 57, denies two charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

In a character witness statement read out at Guildford Crown Court, his brother Jonathan said on hearing of the tragedy Mr Naylor, director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, had tears in his eyes.

Mr Naylor's barrister Adrian Darbishire read five statements in support of his client.

The trial continues.

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