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Date set for Keane Wallis-Bennett school wall death inquiry

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Image caption Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally injured when a changing room wall collapsed on her

A fatal accident inquiry into a girl's death when a school wall collapsed on her in Edinburgh is to be held in June.

Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, died when a PE block modesty wall at Liberton High School fell in April 2014.

No criminal charges are to be brought, however a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) will be held to examine the full circumstances of the death.

The Crown Office said it was in the public interest to hold an FAI to help avoid such an incident happening again.

The inquiry will also examine the safety of internal freestanding walls.

The FAI at Edinburgh Sheriff Court will start on 5 June, with a preliminary hearing fixed for 3 March.

The gym hall at the school has since been demolished, in accordance with the wishes of staff and parents.

City of Edinburgh Council ordered urgent checks at schools across the city after the tragedy.

Image caption The incident at Liberton High led to safety checks across Edinburgh

The Crown Office announced in November no criminal proceedings would be brought, though this may be reconsidered should additional evidence come to light.

A Crown Office spokesman said at the time: "Crown counsel have decided that it is in the public interest to hold a fatal accident inquiry to examine the full circumstances surrounding this tragic death to help avoid such an incident happening again in the future.

"The fatal accident inquiry will have an opportunity to consider the safety of internal freestanding walls."

The case was investigated by police and the Health and Safety Executive under the direction of the Crown's health and safety division.

The 12-year-old's death shocked the school and led to hundreds of tributes, including a song recorded by friends in her memory that made it into the top 100 on the download chart in December 2014.

The money raised by Keane's Song went towards a memorial garden at the school.

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