British couple on trial over death of child in bouncy castle

British couple on trial over death of child in bouncy castle
Photo credit: Essex Police

A British couple are on trial for manslaughter after they allegedly failed to tie down a bouncy castle that blew away and killed a young girl.

Seven-year-old Summer Grant was killed in March 2016 when the bouncy castle she was in at a fair in Essex was picked up by high winds, the Daily Mail reported.

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The girls' father reportedly watched on in horror and shouted "my daughter's in there". 

A jury has been told Summer died due to gross negligence and failure to correctly install the bouncy castle which, despite storm warnings, was poorly tied down. 

The fair was being run by couple William and Shelby Thurston, both of who have denied a joint charge of manslaughter by gross negligence at Chelmsford Crown Court.

A video taken by Summer's aunt moments before her tragic end showed that a vital stake of the structure was incorrectly secured. 

Witnesses say the inflatable castle lifted into the air before it crashed into a fence at the end of the park.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.