Nottingham

Bull attack: Farmer charged over walker's death

Glenis and Roger Freeman
Image caption Roger Freeman was walking with his wife Glenis, when he was attacked by the bull

A farmer has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a walker who was killed by a bull.

Roger Freeman died while walking with his wife Glenis, through Underhill Farm at Stanford-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire, close to the Leicestershire border.

Paul Waterfall has been bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 21 August.

The Crown Prosecution Service said he was responsible for the farm at the time of the attack, in November 2010.

'Deepest sympathies'

Alison Norton, special prosecutor for the CPS, said Mr Freeman, 63, of Glen Parva in Leicestershire, was killed while walking on a public right of way.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Roger Freeman," she said.

"I have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Waterfall.

"Criminal proceedings are now under way and Mr Waterfall has a right to a fair trial."

Mrs Freeman was critically injured in the same incident and spent three weeks in hospital.

A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Police said she continued to recuperate at home.

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