Masterton slide owner to be sentenced

  • 03/12/2015

The owner of a monster slide that collapsed at a Masterton fair injuring six children is set to be sentenced.

Eric Mitchell Gerritsen, 51, was charged under section 48 of the Health and Safety Act following the incident at the A&P show that left the children requiring hospital treatment for cuts and bruises in February.

His 12-metre tall inflatable slide, dubbed the tallest in New Zealand, abruptly tipped on its side spilling an estimated 10 to 15 children onto the ground.

An investigation was subsequently launched, during which he was said to have either obstructed, delayed or deceived a WorkSafe inspector from carrying out her duty.

Having failed to show up at previous hearings, Gerritsen was found guilty of obstructing the investigation in October and a warrant issued for his arrest over another matter.

Today he will learn his penalty.

At an October appearance, the Event Fun Unlimited manager was represented by a man claiming to have power of attorney who refused to tell Judge Kim Saunders if Gerritsen was in the court or not.