Drayton Manor Theme Park to be prosecuted over death of schoolgirl who drowned

Drayton Manor theme park will be prosecuted over the death of an 11-year-old who fell from the Splash Canyon water ride – more than three years ago.

Schoolgirl Evha Jannath drowned after the horror fall in May 2017, with the death being ruled as “accidental” by an inquest.

However, her devastated family have tonight welcomed news the theme park will be prosecuted, reports LeicestershireLive.

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed it is to prosecute the business last year.

No date has been set for any hearing.

Evha’s family, of Belgrave in Leicester, said they were pleased but nothing will bring their “darling” Evha back.

Her brother, Mohammed said: “We would like to thank the police, our solicitors, and the community for their help.”

“We have lost our darling Evha forever. Nothing will bring her back.”

The Staffordshire theme park will be prosecuted for alleged health and safety breaches.

Former MP Keith Vaz took up the case when he represented the Leicester East constituency and continues to support the family.

Mr Vaz said: “They are pleased that this matter is now drawing to an end.

“It has been a sad time for them and it is regretted that they have been put through this dreadful ordeal.”

No date has been set for any hearing.

In a statement released a year ago, an HSE spokeswoman said: “A Health and Safety Executive prosecution is being brought following the death of an 11-year-old girl at Drayton Manor theme park.

“On May 9, 2017, Evha Jannath died after falling from the park’s Splash Canyon water ride.

“Drayton Manor Park Ltd of Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire will face a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.”