Landlord accused of manslaughter after Sowerby Bridge pub blaze could stand trial in November


A pub landlord who was charged with manslaughter following a fire in Halifax earlier this month could stand trial in November.

Shaun McBride, 31, was charged by police after 50-year-old Andrew McGow suffered fatal injuries in an early hours blaze at the Wellington Inn in Pye Nest.

Mr McGow was pulled unconscious from the premises by fire crews and rushed to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, but he later died from his injuries.

McBride, of Rochdale Road, Halifax, made his first appearance before a crown court judge this morning (fri) and was told his trial could take place in November.

McBride is currently remanded in custody at HMP Leeds and this morning he appeared via a video link to Bradford Crown Court for his preliminary hearing.

During the hearing which lasted only about ten minutes the Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC said the next hearing of the case would take place on August 21 when McBride would have to say “from his own mouth” whether he was pleading guilty or not guilty to the charge.

Judge Thomas also confirmed that a three-day trial had been set for November 30.