Cook wins damages from carbon monoxide deaths hotel

Cook wins damages from carbon monoxide deaths hotel

Thomas Cook has been cleared of fault in relation to the holiday deaths of two West Yorkshire children from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The company has also won damages from the Greek hotel where the tragedy happened, ITV reported yesterday following a case held in the High Court in London.

It is understood the procedural case involving Cook and Louis Hotels was due to be a long legal process to determine which company was responsible for the deaths.

BBC Look North reported that the judge found the evidence so overwhelmingly in favour of Cook that he threw the case out and awarded an interim payment of £1 million damages to the tour operator against the Greek hotelier.

The BBC reported that Cook was seeking £5 million compensation in total given the overall costs it incurred in dealing with the tragedy and defending two reps who were originally charged in Greece with manslaughter. 

Christianne Shepherd, seven, and her six-year-old brother Robert from Wakefield, died as they slept in a Corfu hotel room in October 2006.

A gas boiler used to provide hot tap water to their room at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel had malfunctioned, pumping the deadly gas into their room.

The hotel owner has already agreed to pay substantial damages to the children's family and has now been ordered to pay at least £1 million to the Thomas Cook group to cover costs and losses.

Two Cook holiday representatives were originally prosecuted for manslaughter in Greece but the charges were dropped against one and a Greek court found the other not guilty in 2010.

Three staff of the hotel, including the manager at the time, were convicted of manslaughter by negligence and were each sentenced to seven years.

A spokesperson for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said: “ What happened in Corfu was a tragedy, and the thoughts and sympathy of everyone at Thomas Cook will always be with the family and friends of Christianne and Robert Shepherd.

“In 2010 and 2011 there was a lengthy and robust trial in Corfu, which identified those responsible from Louis Hotels. Thomas Cook and two employees were not responsible in any way,  and were fully vindicated.”


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