Farmers in court over death of Richmond teacher trampled by cows

Dave Clark.

Two farmers have appeared in court following the death of a popular Richmond teacher who was trampled by cows.

Andrew and David Turnbull, from Low Whaston, near Richmond, appeared before magistrates in York on Tuesday.

Their appearance follows the death of Dave Clark, 59, who was trampled by cows while was walking on a footpath through a field off Hurgill Road, Richmond, on September 21, 2020.

Both men denied a single charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act which has been brought following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

It is claimed the men, being an employer, failed to conduct their business in a way that the public were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

The charge added that the defendants had failed to run a farm that people “including David Clark and other members of the public that used the public rights of way across Low Gingerfield Farm, were not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety, namely injury caused by cattle.”

An inquest which took place in 2021 into the tragedy found that the married father-of-three, who was deputy head at Richmond School, died as a result of an accident.

The hearing heard how the teacher, who was walking his two dogs at the time of the incident, was floored by an initial stampede, before one of the cows turned around and ran into him.

Mr Clark was pronounced dead at the scene despite the best efforts of locals and paramedics.

The inquest was told that the field Mr Clark was walking through contained a heard of suckler cows that may have been attempting to protect their young at the time of the accident.

The defendants were told to attend Teesside Crown Court on January 16 for trial.