A pub landlord has been jailed for nine years following the death of a seven-year-old boy who was electrocuted in a pub garden by faulty lights installed by an electrician.

The electrician himself, 74-year-old brother-in-law Colin Naylor, was jailed for a year.

Judge Martyn Zeidman QC said: "This pub was a disgrace. And as has been said sums it up, in my view, a timebomb waiting to go off."

Naylor fitted the outside lights at the King Harold pub in Romford, east London - run by Bearman, 73 - on September 11 2018.

But three months later schoolboy Harvey Tyrrell was tragically killed after suffering a fatal shock while sitting on a wall and holding a metal railing.

Naylor was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in February but was convicted of failing in his duty to protect people from death and injury under the Health and Safety at Work Act by a jury of 10 in a unanimous decision.

Bearman had previously pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter and stealing tens of thousands of pounds of electricity.

During his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Naylor was accused of "raising his eyebrows" at the state of the electrics before he proceeded with the installation.

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The King Harold pub in East London where the tragedy took place
The King Harold pub in East London where the tragedy took place

He worked at the pub for three months between April and June, earning £150-a-day for roughly 380 hours making just over £7,000.

The light fixtures are said to have had powerful stolen electricity running through the rig without proper safety earthing mechanisms, the court was told.

Jurors heard there were several points where water had fallen into the defects that only made the entire venue more dangerous.

Colin Naylor
Colin Naylor

One electrician called it the "most dangerous place" he had ever visited in 40 years, the court heard.

Following the death, an expert found 12 extreme defects posing a risk of injury or death including electric shock, and 32 other potentially dangerous defects.

Harvey collapsed after sitting on decorative lights while holding onto a nearby metal railing with his hand, causing electricity to "flow through his body".

David Bearman
David Bearman

Police rushed to the King Harold pub in Harold Wood, near Romford, Essex, following the incident at around 5.20pm on September 11, 2018.

Harvey was found unresponsive and he was rushed to hospital, but he died just over an hour later.

Mum Danielle Jones, broke down in tears after Naylor was cleared of manslaughter on February 16. She was supported in court by his dad Lewis Tyrrell and specialist police officers.

Harvey Tyrrell
Harvey's mum broke down in tears during Naylor's trial

Judge Martyn Zeidman, Recorder of Redbridge, speaking to the parents, who attended the hearing throughout, said: "I must pay tribute to Harvey's loving family.

"You have sat through this case with immense and incredible dignity and strength.

"The tragedy of Harvey's death is beyond words. This is an utter tragedy."

The Judge told Naylor: "This is a desperately serious matter and a very serious breach.

"You have been found guilty of breaching your duty."