Man charged with manslaughter of young farmworker

A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter over the death of 20-year-old Lauren Scott.

Neil Carpenter, 44, of Firbank Road, Dawlish, Devon, did not enter a plea during the hearing at Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 3 January. He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

Lauren Scott, from Kenton, near Exeter, died in an incident involving a milling machine while working at Springfield Farm near Dawlish on 4 March 2017. Miss Scott was taken by ambulance to hospital, but she could not be saved.

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Mr Carpenter was also charged with failing to comply with health and safety regulations.

The case was sent to Exeter Crown Court to be heard on 2 February. Mr Carpenter was remanded on unconditional bail.

Miss Scott was a former student at Bicton College and she previously attended Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot. She also had a passion for horses and she worked at Newton Abbot Racecourse, where she was very popular.

Lauren Scott’s family paid tribute to their “beloved sister and daughter” and called her death a “catastrophic loss”. They added: “Lauren – the sun may set upon your time with us, but your memory will live on.”

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