Worker denies causing Sheffield tot’s fall death

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A maintenance worker has denied causing the death of a two-year-old girl who fell from a block of flats in Sheffield.

Robert Warner, aged 45, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter through gross negligence by removing a glass panel in a communal hall in The Wicker Riverside tower block and failing to replace it.

The work was allegedly carried out between May 1 and June 28 last year.

Warner, who was in charge of maintaining the apartments, is accused of taking insufficient steps to prevent toddler Ryheen Banismuslem falling from 60ft from the fourth floor.

A panel was allegedly missing from the balcony where the youngster was playing with her brother in the moments before she fell.

Warner, of Shirehall Crescent, Shiregreen, spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea.

His trial will begin at Sheffield Crown Court on January 27.

He was released on unconditional bail.

Rhyeen fell to her death on June 28, 2012.