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No charges in fatal California balcony collapse

Published 29/03/2016 | 18:36

Members of the public sign a book of condolence at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin's city centre for those killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse
Members of the public sign a book of condolence at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin's city centre for those killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse

A California prosecutor has decided against criminal charges over a balcony collapse in Berkeley last June that killed six students from Ireland.

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Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said she made her decision after a nine-month investigation that drew in state officials and independent experts from the building industry.

Investigators determined that water infiltration at the time the balcony was built brought on dry rot and the balcony's collapse.

However, Ms O'Malley says there was insufficient evidence of any criminal negligence to bring manslaughter charges.

Six people died and seven were seriously injured when a fifth-storey balcony gave way during a party on June 16. Most of the victims were visiting college students from Ireland.

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