Leo Latifi Bio/Wiki
After a child named Leo Latifi was killed when a locker toppled and crushed him in front of his horrified friend, a school was fined £28,000.
Leo Latifi was nine years old when a 6ft tall line of wooden lockers in a school’s swimming changing room fell on him.
He was 9 years old.
Locker Fell (Death Cause)
On May 23, last year, he was at an after-school swimming club at Great Baddow High School in Chelmsford, Essex, when disaster struck. He wasn’t a student at Great Baddow High School; instead, he was attending classes at St Michael’s Primary School.
The locker unit was not fastened to a solid wall, according to a jury inquest last year, and the site manager “never checked” the fittings.
The jury foreman told: “Leo Latifi’s death was significantly contributed to by a lack of appropriate assessment to clear and obvious risks in relation to the locker unit not being secured to a solid wall.
“Adequate precautions and training measures were not taken to address this measure.”
Leo died as a result of a serious head injury, according to a post mortem study performed at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She described Leo’s death as her “worst nightmare” and said she stood there helpless while paramedics tried desperately to stem the bleeding.
She said: “I can’t get his eyes out of my mind. The twinkle had gone. I kept holding his hand but it was so cold.”
Leo’s companion informed cops that the child had been climbing on the storage unit when it toppled and he smacked his head on a bench.
Emergency personnel responded to the school, but he died in hospital at 7.32 p.m., with a severe head injury as the cause of death. The coroner’s officer read the transcript of a police interview with Leo’s acquaintance to the inquiry.
With just the two of them in the room, the youngster claimed Leo was “climbing lockers and I was at the bottom of the lockers.”
He said: “He was at the top in the middle, we were like chatting and that then I felt it going back so I jumped off and went to the side of it.
“[Leo] tried to put one foot down but he couldn’t, then his head hit the bench.”