Charges dropped in Armidale pool manslaughter case

A man charged with manslaughter over the drowning death of a toddler in his backyard pool has had the case against him dropped in Armidale today.

Philip Cameron was believed to be the first man in the country to be charged with manslaughter for failing to properly fence his pool over the death of a two-year-old in May.

The Department of Public Prosecutions announced it had decided not to proceed any further with the charges during a mention of the case in Armidale Local Court this morning.

In a prepared statement read outside the court, the 61-year-old's solicitor Mark Daly said the right decision had been made by the DPP and expressed Mr Cameron's "deepest sympathy for the loss the poor child's parent's have suffered".

Mr Daly also emphasised the importance of repairing neighbourhood fences, claiming "no dispute over a fence is worth a child's life."

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