Published Sep 05, 2017Following an incredibly lengthy court battle, a judge has stayed the charges stemming from a fatal stage collapse at a Toronto Radiohead concert.
The deadly incident took place in 2012, and the judge has now ruled that the case has taken too long to come to trial, the Canadian Press reports. This latest legal setback follows a mistrial back in June, with the case being previously delayed before that.
As previously reported, Radiohead's drum technician Scott Johnson was killed in the incident, while three others crew members were injured in the 2012 collapse. Johnson was only 33.
Both Live Nation and an engineer were initially charged in the case. They both argued last month that the trial had experienced unreasonable delays that violated their rights to a timely trial.
The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that cases in provincial court should go to trial within 18 months — a limit that has now been well surpassed in this case. All this said, the case could technically be revived a year from now.
In 2013, Live Nation denied any wrongdoing, saying, "We absolutely maintain that Live Nation and our employees did everything possible to ensure the safety of anyone who was on or near the stage involved in the tragic incident that led to the unfortunate death of Mr. Scott Johnson."