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Head teacher in court over Crosby school roof fall

A head teacher has appeared in court accused of breaching health and safety laws after a pupil was injured when he fell through a school roof.

John Summerfield is accused of failing to take reasonable care of pupils by taking them on the roof of Sacred Heart Catholic College in Crosby, Merseyside.

Joel Murray, 18, fell 8 ft (2.5 m) through a skylight, fracturing his skull, in August 2008.

South Sefton magistrates heard Mr Summerfield, 63, will deny the charge.

The head teacher's barrister Patrick Cassidy said Mr Summerfield would be pleading not guilty and wanted to be tried by a crown court jury.

Joel also broke his ribs, perforated an eardrum and suffered permanent damage to his eye in the fall, the Health and Safety Executive said.

Mr Summerfield, of Moorland Avenue in Crosby, will reappear at the magistrates' court on 29 April, when his case will be committed to the crown court.

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