Sochi hotel owner accused of child’s death in storm water drain
According to investigators, the hotel owner paved a concrete slab through the sewer ditch to simplify the approach to the building. The boy was knocked off from the slab with a stream of rain, according to investigators.
The owner of the guesthouse where the boy was resting is accused of the death of a 6-year-old child in a storm sewer in Sochi. The Krasnodar Territory ICR reports.
According to investigators, the owner of the guesthouse on Oktyabrskaya Street in the village of paved a concrete slab through the sewer ditch to simplify the approach to the building. At the same time the hotel owner did not make fences or railings, so a stream of rain knocked down the child, who crossed the ditch, and was carried off into the sea. The businessman is accused of Causing Death by Negligence (part 1 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Earlier, the Sochi administration said that the grandmother who accompanied the boy was to charge for his death, as she knew about the flow and ignored the authorities' warnings of heavy rains and thunderstorms on the eve of the incident.
Six-year-old Nikolay Malkov from Tatarstan died on August 3, 2018. During a shower, he fell into the sewer drain and instantly went under the water. The grandmother who accompanied him jumped after him, but could not save the child. A few hours later, the boy’s body was found at the cliffs. He received a fatal head injury. Commenting on the tragedy, Sochi officials said that the storm drains in the city are entirely open "according to the engineers' idea."