News Shopper fights for child death justice

The News Shopper in Bromley, Kent, has launched a campaign in a bid to force the Government to take action, after a company in the Bahamas escaped prosecution despite a child being killed by one of its speedboats.

Almost four years ago, Paul and Andrea Gallagher were on holiday in the Bahamas when their son, also named Paul, was struck by an unmanned speedboat that mounted the beach. He died in hospital five days later from severe head injuries.

Since then, no one has been prosecuted, despite the fact that neither the boat’s owner, Sea and Ski Ocean Sports, nor its driver were licensed, insured or registered.

An inquest on the island ruled it was an accidental death, but a second held at Bromley Magistrates’ Court returned an open verdict.

The Gallaghers are now fighting with the Shopper to gather support for a full investigation.

Editor Andrew Parkes said: "Local newspapers are all about sticking up for local people, and there is no better cause than this. The Bahamian authorities should be in no doubt, News Shopper won’t rest until we’ve helped get justice for Paul."

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