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Corporate Criminal Liability: 2004-2022 – Case summaries – in progress

May 3, 2022

Case summaries – In progress

R v Gooch

In March 2018, Brandon Alcorn died after falling from a roof at a construction site.

In 2019, Jeff Scott Gooch, a manager at Insulated Panel Structures in Nova Scotia, was charged with criminal negligence causing death. While the company was charged under the occupational health and safety legislation, it was not charged under the Criminal Code.

Gooch was discharged in April 2021 following a preliminary inquiry in a Dartmouth provincial court. In June 2021, the Crown subsequently filed a direct indictment to resurrect the charge and to send it to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for trial.

The trial is scheduled for five days beginning May 9, 2022.

R v Springhill Construction Ltd.

In July 2020, Springhill Construction Ltd., and a former supervisor, Jason King, 43, were both charged with criminal negligence causing death. These charges arose out of the death of eighteen-year-old Michael Anthony Henderson in August 2018 at a wastewater treatment facility.

This was the first time charges were laid under section 217.1 of the Criminal Code in New Brunswick.

Springhill Construction Ltd. and Jason King were expected to appear in Fredericton Provincial Court on January 29, 2021. The case is set to return to trial on June 3, 2022, due to an election for a judge of the Queen’s Bench to sit alone.

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