Anguish for family as court case pushed back a year

Kelly Webster, 36, from Church Road, Leyland, died from carbon monoxide poisoning on board a private yacht in the Lake District in April 2013, along with her 10-year-old daughter, Lauren Thornton, pictured below
Kelly Webster, 36, from Church Road, Leyland, died from carbon monoxide poisoning on board a private yacht in the Lake District in April 2013, along with her 10-year-old daughter, Lauren Thornton, pictured below

A court hearing into the tragic boating accident which killed a Leyland mum and her daughter will only be held two and half years after the incident, the Guardian has learned.

The heartbroken family of Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton are dealing with fresh anguish this week, as they reveal that the court case to determine what caused their beloved girls’ deaths has been pushed back by almost a year.

Lauren Thornton, 10, from Leyland, who died after an incident in Windermere

Lauren Thornton, 10, from Leyland, who died after an incident in Windermere

The pair, who loved spending time together, died on board a private yacht in the Lake District in April 2013, after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning.

A 41-year-old Leyland man is charged with manslaughter by negligence, and was due to stand trial in November.

But just days before it was set to start in Carlisle, the family was told it had been postponed, and is now only scheduled for October this year.

Kelly’s father, Alan Webster, told the Guardian: “It was all built up in November and everything had been sorted, hotels had been booked and things like that, but we were told a few days before that it had been postponed.

“We just can’t get any closure. People think you move on after so much time and that things go back to normal, but this is something we’re having to live with every single day.

“We go to the cemetery as often as we can. I doubt we’ll ever get over it to be honest.

“It beggars belief that it’s taking so long. I don’t understand it.

“It had already been 18 months and now it’s another 11 months. It’s a hell of a long time. It’s ridiculous.”

Kelly’s sister Tracy added: “It’s agonising more than anything.

“I think after it’s all over that will help a bit, we can try to finally move on.

“I don’t know if we will ever move on really, though. It still feels like it was yesterday. It’s been awful.”