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Pair found guilty over sail death

Laura Morgan
Laura had been sailing the catamaran with two friends

Two holiday firm workers have been found guilty of negligence over the death of a Nottinghamshire schoolgirl who drowned in Greece five years ago.

Laura Morgan, from Woodborough, was 11 when she became trapped beneath a capsized catamaran in Paleros and died.

Greek lawyers said William Hutton and Kevin Jones were sentenced on Monday to 10 months in prison, suspended for three years, following a retrial.

The men are expected to appeal against the sentence.

Hotel manager Hutton and assistant manager Jones were sentenced to 18 months in jail, suspended for three years, at their original trial in March 2006.

It was reduced by three months by a court in Patras in April 2007 but they appealed.

Mother 'relieved'

Now, in a retrial, judges have found them guilty of negligence.

Laura's mother Lynne who had to go to Greece for the retrial said she was "euphoric" and "relieved".

"I went through hell in the courtroom in Patras. I almost felt like I was being tried like a criminal. I was on the witness stand for two hours being interrogated."

Speaking about another possible appeal, she said: "I just know that I will take this to the bitter end because Laura should be alive with us today but she's not.

"I've been given a life sentence. I just want justice for Laura and I want the truth to be there on record so that she didn't lose her life in vain."

An inquest has still to take place into Laura's death.

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