More court proceedings

A MAN is to face further charges in relation to the September 2009 blaze which claimed the life of promising Forfar jockey Jan Wilson.

Jan, whose parents Drew and Margaret farm at Greenhead on the eastern outskirts of Forfar, died along with Irish apprentice Jamie Kyne at a block of flats near Malton, North Yorkshire, after Peter Brown set a fire in the property when he was refused entry to a party.

His actions claimed the life of 19-year-old Jan, a three-time winner who had a promising career, and forced some residents to jump from windows to escape the flames. The former Forfar Academy pupil and Jamie were overcome after the blaze in the hallway of the block trapped residents in the flats.

Brown, who was originally from Dyce, was jailed for at least seven-and-a-half years following a double manslaughter conviction at Leeds Crown Court. He later failed to overturn his conviction or have his term reduced after judges at the Criminal Appeal Court in London rejected an argument that the verdict in the case was unsafe.

It has now emerged further court proceedings are set to be brought against a man summonsed as being responsible for the premises at the time of the tragedy.

He has not been named but is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates Court this Friday. The latest court proceedings follow a fire investigation which revealed issues relating to the storage of combustible materials in the stairwell of the block and a fire door’s self-closing mechanism. The North Yorkshire Fire Authority confirmed that, following the investigation into a fire which occurred at Buckrose Court, near Malton in September 2009, a man has been summonsed to appear before Scarborough Magistrates Court on August 24 regarding alleged breaches of the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.

Since Jan’s death her memory has lived on through the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund, which has supported many and varied organisations within and beyond the racing world. The latest presentation came at Ayr racecourse with the award of a trophy to young female rider Shirley Teasdale who brought her ride Argentine home in the Jan Wilson Memorial Apprentice Handicap.