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Jan Wilson - Jamie Kyne

Young riders Jan Wilson and Jamie Kyne lost their lives in the 2009 fire

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Malton fire landlord pleads guilty at pre-trial

THE landlord of the flats near Malton, North Yorkshire, where promising young jockeys Jamie Kyne and Jan Wilson died in a blaze in September 2009, pleaded guilty to four fire safety breaches when appearing at a pre-trial review at Leeds Crown Court.

Alan Foster, who faced nine charges relating to two properties following a North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority investigation, is due to be sentenced on May 9.

Kyne, 18, and Wilson, 19, died after labourer Peter Brown started the fire at Buckrose Court in Norton as they slept. Brown was jailed indefinitely in December 2011 after being convicted on two counts of manslaughter.

Following the investigation, Foster was charged with exposing the block’s residents to the risk of death or serious injury by failing to set up proper evacuation procedures, allowing combustible items and other material to be stored on and around a staircase, and failing to maintain fire safety devices including smoke alarms properly between March 5 and September 6, 2009.

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