Nov 14 2012
MERSEYRAIL guard Christopher McGee has been found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of Wirral teenager Georgia Varley.
A jury at Liverpool Crown Court returned the verdict just after 4pm this afternoon after just a few hours deliberation.
McGee, 45, gave the signal for the driver to depart as Georgia, 16, was leaning against the carriage.
The sixth-form college student, who was drunk on a night out in Liverpool with friends, fell between the train and the platform at the city’s James Street station in October last year.
McGee, who had denied the charge, appeared to blink away tears as the jury at Liverpool Crown Court returned their verdict of manslaughter by gross negligence following three hours and five minutes of deliberations.
Georgia’s mum Paula Redmond, 41, gave a statement outside court following the verdict.
She said: “As a parent Georgia was our only child. In fact for me she was my entire family.
“To say she was a wonderful amazing daughter would be a massive understatement. She was the best.
“Such a lovely polite respectful young lady who was popular and full of fun and laughter and an absolute joy to be around.
“Everybody who knew Georgia, of which there were many, absolutely loved Georgia because of these and so many other qualities.
“We have listened as our daughter was portrayed as being a drunken liability when in all honesty she did no more than what many teenagers do of a weekend. She went out to celebrate her friend’s birthday.
“The only liability that night was a train guard who Georgia had the catastrophic misfortune to encounter for he had very little if any regard at all for our daughter and her safety
“Christopher McGee will complete his sentence and return to his family. Mine is now gone for ever.”