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Jury in Tony Broadbent fall death trial discharged

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Image caption Tony Broadbent was working on a warehouse roof with his son who fell through a skylight

The jury in the trial of a man accused of negligence after his son was killed as they worked together on a warehouse roof, has been discharged.

Tony Broadbent, 61, from Harrold in Bedfordshire, was earlier cleared at Luton Crown Court of the manslaughter of Kyle Broadbent, 25, in August 2012.

But the jury failed to reach a verdict on whether he failed to discharge his duty of care as an employer.

The prosecution has two weeks to seek a retrial.

It had claimed Tony Broadbent was grossly negligent in his safety procedures.

Kyle Broadbent, of Furzton, Milton Keynes, who usually worked in IT, died on 18 August at the warehouse in Newport Pagnell.

He was on a flat roof with his father when he stepped through a skylight and fell to the ground. He died of multiple injuries.

The court heard he was helping out at Broadbent Roofing, a one-man business, to repay his father for a Chelsea season ticket he had bought for him.

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