Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Gas fitter convicted after man overcome by fumes

A gas fitter has been jailed for five years for the manslaughter of a man who died after being overcome by carbon monoxide fumes in his home.

James Charlton, 31, of Hilltop View, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, was convicted by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday.

Probation officer Mark Ellis, 41, died at his home in Dodworth, near Barnsley.

It was found that Charlton had left a gap in a flue pipe when fitting a new boiler at the property.

Charlton was convicted on Thursday of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The incident happened in February 2008.

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