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Boss says CPS 'never really had a case'

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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PLANT hire boss Keith Curtis, 54, said: "We never thought we had done anything wrong. It has been a very difficult situation and I don't know if this is the right way for it to end.

"The CPS never really had a case and so I think they just tried to bring about these charges because otherwise they wouldn't have anything.

"It has been an awful lot of time and money and nothing for it at the end.

"I understand why they had to investigate. A young lad lost his life and what caused it had to be investigated.

"But the problems with the vehicle that were found, like the rusty brake, had nothing to do with Daylin's death. It was working fine earlier in the day.

"If they thought it had been the cause of Daylin's death they would have continued with the manslaughter charge.

"It has been very frustrating for us, very sad and very hard — you can't imagine what it is like really. I don't think the second charges should have ever been brought.

"I am sure everyone involved will take years to come to terms with what has happened

"My heart goes out to the family, at the end of the day they are the ones that matter and, as people I have known all my life I hope we can move on."

Mr Curtis confirmed that his legal costs would be paid out of central public funds now the case has been discontinued but was unable to say how much they would be.

He said: "Without a doubt it is thousands of pounds but I don't know how much exactly.

"But that makes no difference to me it has never been about the money. Let's hope the boy can now rest."

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