Landlord and electrician are sentenced over death of boy, 7, at pub

Parents of seven-year-old boy who was electrocuted in pub beer garden after touching faulty light break down in tears as landlord and electrician are sentenced over their son’s death

  • Harvey Tyrrell died at The King Harold pub in Harold Wood, Essex, in 2018  
  • Pub owner David Bearman, 73, and electrician Colin Naylor, 74, will be sentenced
  • Bearman has admitted a charge of manslaughter and electrician Naylor was found guilty of one charge under the Health and Safety Act 

The parents of a seven-year-old boy electrocuted in a pub beer garden broke down in tears as they relived their son’s death on the day the landlord and electrician are due to be sentenced.

Harvey Tyrrell died at The King Harold pub in Harold Wood, Essex, after touching a faulty light on September 11, 2018.

Pub owner David Bearman, 73, who has admitted a charge of manslaughter, and electrician Colin Naylor, 74, who was found guilty of a charge under the Health and Safety Act, are being sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Harvey’s anguished mother, Danielle Jones, told the court: ‘They can both get life, but it still wouldn’t be enough.’

Harvey Tyrrell (pictured) suffered a fatal electric shock when he sat on a low wall at the King Harold pub in Romford, east London, on September 11, 2018

Harvey collapsed after sitting on decorative lights while holding onto a nearby metal railing with his hand, causing electricity to ‘flow through his body’.

Police rushed to the pub near Romford, Essex, following the incident at around 5.20pm.

Harvey was found unresponsive and he was rushed to hospital, but he died just over an hour later.

Ms Jones, said: ‘It’s a bizarre feeling – it still doesn’t feel real.

‘I had to almost pinch myself when I was in court. You read about these things and you don’t think it’ll ever happen to you.

‘Even though it’s been two-and-a-half years, it just gets harder. I don’t know where I get my strength.

Harvey’s anguished mother, Danielle Jones (pictured with Harvey and his father, Lewis Tyrrell), told the court: ‘They can both get life, but it still wouldn’t be enough’

Pub owner David Bearman (pictured), 73, who has admitted a charge of manslaughter, and electrician Colin Naylor, 74, who was found guilty of a charge under the Health and Safety Act, are being sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court 

‘There are days I cry so much I’m literally howling. If I didn’t get up, and do something for Harvey, I felt like I wasn’t trying to get justice for him.’

She added: ‘He’s been cheated of so much. He should be growing into a small, bratty teenager giving us grief.

‘It breaks my heart I wasn’t there when he got hurt. I said okay, I love you, and those were the last words I said to him.

‘Our worlds got turned upside down and life will never be the same again.’

She continued: ‘I don’t want to trust our one-year-old son Jackson out of my sight. Harvey’s ashes are in a box at home with us. We leave the TV on when we can’t take him with us.

Naylor (pictured outside court) denied any wrongdoing, telling police at interview that he believed his work to be ‘first class’

‘How am I going to explain that other children have brothers and sisters, and Jackson has an angel for a brother?

‘Harvey’s death could have been so easily prevented. I couldn’t be more angry when I heard the details of what had happened.

‘I’m angry. Colin and Dave have never shown remorse.

‘They can both get life other that, but it still wouldn’t be enough. Our lives will never be the same again.’

Ms Jones added: ‘I don’t think we’ll learn to live with it. Losing a child is a different kind of grief altogether.

‘I carried Harvey in my belly. Anyone who has had a child will know this. You expect your grandparents and parents to pass, not your young child.’

Lewis Tyrrell, Harvey’s father, had his witness statement read by prosecutor Duncan Penny QC.

Naylor had installed the lighting circuit around the King Harold pub (pictured) garden’s perimeter in June 2018

He said: ‘I feel like a part of me died when Harvey died and I’ve not been able to feel happy since.

‘I feel miserable, angry, desperately hopelessly bitter and not like the fun guy I used to be.

‘The only time I feel happy is when I’m paralytic. Why did it have to be our kid? Why couldn’t it have been an adult, an old man who lived a whole life?’

‘Losing a child is one of the hardest things in the world. Because it was so sudden we didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. If a child is ill, you might get that chance.

‘Baby Jackson is the spitting image of when he was younger. I feel like Jackson has saved me. He’s stopped me drinking so much and self-harming.

He added: ‘Consequences speak for themselves. Dave and I used to be friends. I’ll never forgive him for putting greed above safety that led to the death of our son.

‘His behaviour has made so mad. He hasn’t shown any remorse in Harvey’s death.

‘I consider every minute of my seven years with him as a blessing. I miss him every day and I will spend every day trying to honour his memory.’ 

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