Sheffield man jailed over girl’s fall

A maintenance worker has been jailed over the death of a girl who fell 60ft (18m) from a balcony in Sheffield.

Robert Warner, 45, was convicted of the manslaughter of two-year-old Ryaheen Banimuslem who died after the fall.

Ryaheen fell through a gap in a glass barrier in June 2012 after Warner removed a panel and did not replace it.

Warner, of Shiregreen, Sheffield, was found guilty at the city’s Crown Court of manslaughter by gross negligence and jailed for four years.

The court heard Warner had removed the panel some days before the tragedy to replace another panel which had been smashed in a more prominent position on the barrier at the North Bank flats, in Willey Street.

Bryan Cox QC, prosecuting, said: “She passed through the gap in the barrier and fell to her death on to the ground immediately below. The accident was caused by the defendant’s negligent conduct. He removed and failed to replace the panel from the walkway barrier.”

She explained to the jury how she lived with her family on the eighth floor of the block of flats and they used the fourth-floor communal garden from time-to-time.