Man charged over death

28/06/2012 Wicker Riverside apartments on North Bank block Sheffield, South Yorkshire where a 3 year old Ryaheen Banimuslem has fallen from fourth floor balcony and died from her injuries. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
28/06/2012 Wicker Riverside apartments on North Bank block Sheffield, South Yorkshire where a 3 year old Ryaheen Banimuslem has fallen from fourth floor balcony and died from her injuries. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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A man contracted to carry out maintenance work at a block of flats in Sheffield where a two-year-old girl fell to her death has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

Robert Warner, aged 44, was arrested after Ryaheen Banimuslem plunged to her death from the fourth floor of the Wicker Riverside apartment on North Bank, off The Wicker, while playing.

The young girl plunged 60ft after falling through a balcony barrier where a glass panel was missing.

Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed charges have now been brought.

Mark Auty, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: “I have carefully reviewed all evidence in relation to the death of a two-year-old girl in Sheffield who tragically fell from the fourth floor of an apartment block where she lived in June 2012.

“Ryaheen Banimuslem was playing with her older brother in a communal garden in the housing development, when she fell through an area of the fence surrounding the fourth floor, which was missing a glass panel.

“I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Robert Warner, who was contracted to carry out maintenance work in the apartments.”

Robert Warner will appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on August 13.