Man, 67, charged with manslaughter appears in court

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A Hadleigh heating engineer accused of killing a 71-year-old woman, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, has appeared in court.

Peter Sykes, a self-employed plumbing, heating and air conditioning installer, of Castle Road, is charged with the manslaughter of Annette Coe.

Mrs Coe was found collapsed at her smoke-filled home in Ipswich on December 5. She was taken to Ipswich Hospital but died the following day. A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

On Wednesday, Sykes, 67, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court to hear the charge, along with five counts of contravening health and safety regulations.

It is alleged that between September 2010 and December 2012 Sykes failed to properly service and repair Mrs Coe’s heating system.

The other health and safety charges relate to work Sykes carried out on boilers at homes in Monks Eleigh, Hadleigh, Lower Raydon and Woodbridge.

During the court hearing, Sykes entered no pleas and was released on bail .

He is due to attend Ipswich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.