The owner of a company that built a boat
which capsized killing four crew members has been found guilty of manslaughter.
yacht Excalibur sank in rough seas after its keel
snapped off the Mid North Coast of NSW in September 2002.
Alex Cittadini and a boilermaker Adrian Presland were both charged with four counts of manslaughter after it was discovered the vessel's keel
had been cut horizontally and re-welded insufficiently.
Presland was yesterday acquitted of the charge but the jury asked for more time to deliberate.
This morning in the District Court they handed down a majority verdict of 11 to 1 against Cittidini.
members of the victims gasped as the verdict was handed down while Cittadini shook his head
The crown case against Cittadini was that as company director, he either knew or should have known the keel had been cut or in the alternative, and that he had failed to implement reasonable safety
proceedures which would have prevented the tragedy.
Excalibur's fatal voyage: boat builder guilty | smh.com.au