Peterborough woman denies causing death of teenage boy at Bawsey Pits

Bawsey sand pits general views of the area ANL-150110-085215009

Bawsey sand pits general views of the area ANL-150110-085215009

A Peterborough woman and a care company have appeared in court on charges of failing to take care of teenage boy who died at Bawsey Pits.

Umar Balogun, 16, drowned in a lake at the West Norfolk beauty spot on July 16, 2013. Lynn man Ryan Pettengell also died on the same day in a separate incident at Bawsey.

Earlier today (Wednesday, March 9) Vanday Cawley, 49, of Hazel Croft, Werrington, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court when she denied a charge of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of Umar on July 16.

Castle Homes, based at The Manor House, High Street, Rothwell, near Kettering, have been charged with failing to discharge a duty to ensure that Umar was not exposed to risks to his health and safety.

The care company did not indicate a plea during the hearing.

The case has been adjourned to April 6 at Norwich Crown Court for a plea and management hearing.

A third defendant, Kevin Roweth, of Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, was due to appear but did not attend the hearing. Magistrates have issued a warrant for his arrest.