Thursday, April 17, 2008

Teen Found Not Guilty

19-year-old Tristian Beckett was declared not guilty of manslaughter after his friend Thomas Hillman died in an explosion. The two friends along with several others were huffing LPG (liquid petroleum gas) in a car when Beckett lit a lighter, setting the gas fumes on fire.


Thomas was in the backseat and died of respiratory problems.

As part of his testimony, Tristian claimed that,
it never occurred to him the gas might be a danger when he flicked the lighter as the group had not huffed the gas for 10 minutes and he could not smell gas.

Fire safety officer Paul Wigzell said it only took a 2% to 3 % ratio of LPG to air for the gas to combust.

Read more about the story in an earlier post.

The photo above is from stuff.co.nz.

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