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Fisherman's Friends deaths: David Naylor acquitted

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 has been acquitted of two charges of manslaughter following the deaths of a shanty group singer and the band's promoter when a door fell on them.

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

David Naylor, 57, director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, was acquitted of manslaughter by gross negligence.

But the company was found guilty of a breach of health and safety laws.

Sentencing is due to take place on Friday at Guildford Crown Court.

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Image caption David Naylor had denied 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 Telford-based 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.

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

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