Speedboat driver cleared of manslaughter after girl’s death

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Speedboat driver Michael Lawrence has been acquitted of manslaughter charges following the death of 15-year-old Emily Lewis in 2020.

He was found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Winchester Crown Court today after a crash with a buoy killed a teenage passenger.

Mr Lewis was cleared of the charge at Winchester Crown Court today, but found guilty of failing to maintain a proper lookout and failing to maintain a safe speed on Southampton Water. 

The pilot was prosecuted alongside Michael Howley, 52, the owner of boat operators Seadogz, who was charged with not operating the boat safely.

Prosecutor Christine Agnew KC told jurors that Ms Lewis’ parents Simon and Nikki decided to take their daughters Emily and her sister Amy, 18, for a “high thrills” speedboat ride.

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