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Stonegate Pub Company trial over death of Olivia Burt to be heard next year

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THE trial of a pub company accused of health-and-safety breaches over the death of 20-year-old Milford student Olivia Burt will be held next year.

The case will come to Teeside Crown Court on 30th May 2023 and is scheduled to last four weeks.

Stonegate, the largest pub company in the UK, denies four allegations in a prosecution brought by Durham County Council after the fatal incident outside a nightclub in the city on 7th February 2018.

Olivia Burt died in 2018
Olivia Burt died in 2018

Olivia died more than four years ago while she and her friends queued outside the Missoula venue, which was owned by Stonegate Pub Company.

The firm pleaded not guilty earlier this year at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court.

Olivia’s parents, Nigel and Paula Burt, said then: "We can only continue to wait for the trial and for the final outcome of the health and safety prosecution.

"To us it is incomprehensible how our only child died on a night out with friends."

Olivia's parents Nigel and Paula
Olivia's parents Nigel and Paula

Olivia attended Milford Pimary School as a girl and was a high achiever in the classroom.

She was a talented sailor who competed internationally and also represented the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Lymington Town Sailing Club.

She was a member of the sailing team at Durham University where she was studying before the fatal night.

Friends called her “beautiful” and "wonderful", and her parents launched a charity in her memory, Olivia Inspires, to help fund the studies and development of disadvantaged young people in the New Forest.

Visit www.oliviainspires.org.uk

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