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Pair not guilty of manslaughter

Lee Mason
Lee Mason died in the accident in April 2007

A farmer and his son have been found guilty of health and safety failings after a teenager died in a farm machinery accident near Bristol.

Roy Hill, 63, and his son Michael, 31, failed to place a protective guard on the soil-sifter that dragged Lee Mason, 17, to his death in April 2007.

Both men were cleared of manslaughter charges at Bristol Crown Court.

They face heavy fines for breaches of health and safety regulations when they appear in court on Friday.

Mr Mason lived with his mother, stepfather and three younger brothers in the Knowle area of the city.

Avon Coroner's Court previously confirmed that the teenager died when his neck was broken by the machine.

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