Welsh butcher set to stand trial for e.coli charges at crown court

The butcher accused of being responsible for the South Wales e coli outbreak in 2005 is to stand trial at a crown court this summer.

District judge Richard Williams said last Thursday at Bridgend Magistrates Court that William Tudor who faces 13 food hygiene charges should be formally sent for trial. He added that a crown court judge would decide which charge and venue was appropriate.

Tudor, former owner of John Tudor & Sons butchers in Bridgend, will appear before Cardiff Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on 16 April with a trial at a later date.

Tudor's legal team indicated at an earlier hearing that he would deny the food hygiene charges brought by Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend councils. They include placing food on the market, which was unsafe and contaminated with e-coli, which led to the death of five-year old Mason Jones.

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