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Man appears in court over girl’s balcony death

Robert Warner pictured leaving Court in Sheffield today Tuesday 13th August 2013

Robert Warner pictured leaving Court in Sheffield today Tuesday 13th August 2013

A man has appeared in court charged with gross negligence manslaughter after a two-year-old girl fell to her death from a block of flats in Sheffield.

A man has appeared in court charged with gross negligence manslaughter after a two-year-old girl fell to her death from a block of flats in Sheffield.

Ryheen Banismuslem was playing with her brother when she fell 60ft from the fourth floor of The Wicker Riverside apartments in Sheffield city centre in June 2012.

Robert Warner, aged 44, of Shirehall Crescent, Shiregreen, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

It is alleged that a glass panel was missing from the fence which surrounded the balcony on which she was playing.

Warner, a maintenance worker, was in charge of looking after the building.

Dressed in a dark suit and tie, he spoke only to confirm his name and address during the five-minute hearing.

The court was told the offence was indictable only and had to be dealt with at Crown Court.

Warner was granted unconditional bail and the case was adjourned.

He will appear at Sheffield Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

The tragedy happened on June 28, 2012.

Ryheen’s father Hikmat moved to South Yorkshire from Iraq in 2011, after winning a scholarship to study for a PhD in physics at the city’s Hallam University.

Family friends said her parents had moved into the apartment block almost a year before the tragedy and were devastated by her death.

At the time, family friend Baseem Alsabbagh, then aged 36, told The Star: “They are heartbroken. 
“She was a lovely, beautiful baby.”

 
 
 

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