Man charged with manslaughter of skip hire worker appears in Norwich court

PUBLISHED: 10:34 10 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:38 10 August 2018

Baldwins Skip Hire in Besthorpe Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Baldwins Skip Hire in Besthorpe Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017


A man has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a man at a skip hire firm in Besthorpe.

James Criddle, who died in an industrial incident in Besthorpe. Picture courtesy of Kevin Copplestone.James Criddle, who died in an industrial incident in Besthorpe. Picture courtesy of Kevin Copplestone.

James Criddle, 29, from Watton, died in an incident involving machinery while working at Baldwins Skip Hire on May 15, 2017.

Robert Baldwin, of Silver Street, Besthorpe, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the industrial incident.

Baldwin, 47, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday (August 10).

Wearing a dark-coloured suit the defendant spoke only to confirm his details during the short hearing.

The case was sent to Norwich Crown Court on September 7.

He was granted unconditional bail until the next hearing.

The court heard the company, Baldwins Skip Hire, has also been charged under the Heath and Safety at Work Act 1974 for failing to discharge general health, safety and welfare duty to employee.

That case was also sent to Norwich Crown Court on September 7.

Tributes were paid to Mr Criddle, who has a young daughter, following his death.

He was described as a “much-loved” friend and family member.

A statement from his mother, Naomi Criddle, and girlfriend, Holly Eagling, said: “James was a big part of our family – partner to Holly and father to Lexi.

“A son to Naomi, brother to Alan and an uncle to Oliver, nephew, cousin and grandson.

“Dearly loved and missed by us all. He is now with his dad Colin, who he lost in 1999.

“He was a kind, loving and caring person; doing anything for anyone. [He] hardly moaned and always did his best for anyone.

“He will be desperately missed.”

Mr Criddle, known as Jimmy, was a fan of racing banger cars.

Before he died, he was fitting out a car with good friend Jamie Read, which he hoped to race.

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