Landlord admits safety breaches

A LANDLORD has admitted a string of fire safety charges relating to the North Yorkshire block of flats where Forfar jockey Jan Wilson perished.

Alan Foster, 65, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to four charges brought in the wake of the September 2009 fire that claimed the life of Jan and fellow Irish racing apprentice Jamie Kyne.

The pair were trapped as they slept on the upper floor of the Tannery at Buckrose Court, Malton, while a fire set by Scots labourer Peter Brown swept through the building. Brown was subsequently jailed for double manslaughter. Foster, whose address was given as Buckrose Court, had been due to stand trial next month on a number of counts but on Monday admitted four charges of failing to comply with legislation relating to the storage of combustible materials and management of the flats, risking death or serious injury to others in the event of fire.

Foster will be sentenced on May 9.