Eltham brother murderer jailed again after employee plunged to his death

Killer - Mark Hayes

Mr Dunmall fell from the top of this unsafe scaffolding

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A man who murdered his own brother after a family funeral has been jailed again after a worker from his scaffolding business plunged 14 metres to his death.

Mark Hayes, 53, from Eltham, has already been jailed for life after knifing his 48-year-old Sidcup brother Sean to death last year when a family feud escalated at their sibling's funeral.

One year before that, one of his employees at WSS Scaffolding, Grant Dunmall, 25, from Hither Green, was working on a site in Notting Hill back without a safety harness when he fell, sustaining fatal injuries.

After subsequent investigations, and several court hearings to make Hayes hand over essential documents, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that edge protection was missing from the scaffold and Mr Dunmall wasn’t provided with any other means to prevent a fall. 

Following a three-day trial at Southwark Crown Court, which concluded on September 3, Hayes was found guilty of a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 for failing to properly plan, supervise and carry out the work at height in a safe manner at the Notting Hill site. 

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He was sentenced to 15 months in jail, to run concurrently with his life sentence for murder.

HSE inspector Jack Wilby said: "The family and friends of Grant Dunmall have suffered enough heartache through the loss of their loved one without the additional stress of the convoluted legal process we have had to go through to secure justice. 

"Our investigation into his tragic death was delayed for several months because of Mark Hayes’ total lack of co-operation in supporting our work. That had a knock-on impact in delaying the Coroner’s inquest, and we had no option but to prosecute before he eventually provided the documentation we needed. 

"His wilful obstruction only served to accentuate the fact that his systems and procedures for safely managing work at height were sorely lacking."

Mr Dunmall's family said in a statement: "The loss of Grant was a devastating shock to us and also his friends.

"There are rules and regulations in place for very good reasons and the most important of those is to save unnecessary loss of life.  If all employers and companies abide by these rules then more families could be spared the pain and heartache that we have had to experience."

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10:04pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mouthalmighty says...

What a disturbing man.
What a disturbing man. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 13

2:16pm Sat 6 Sep 14

floyduk says...

from reading the above I can judge that this man is a murderer and an all-round low life.
from reading the above I can judge that this man is a murderer and an all-round low life. floyduk
  • Score: 19

9:38pm Sat 6 Sep 14

nearly right all the time says...

Lock him up, throw away the key!

SCUM!
Lock him up, throw away the key! SCUM! nearly right all the time
  • Score: 11

11:33pm Sat 6 Sep 14

mouthalmighty says...

micheles65 wrote:
don't judge what you don't know
Related are we michelle?
[quote][p][bold]micheles65[/bold] wrote: don't judge what you don't know[/p][/quote]Related are we michelle? mouthalmighty
  • Score: 21

10:54am Mon 8 Sep 14

Gemzie82 says...

Whatever the reason was for him killing his brother, he was still responsible for someone else's death...was he not?! As an employer he had a duty of care towards his employees. Not only did he not ensure correct health & safety for his workers but his 'lack of co-operation' delayed that poor young mans family the closure that they needed.
That's one more wrong'un off the streets!!
Whatever the reason was for him killing his brother, he was still responsible for someone else's death...was he not?! As an employer he had a duty of care towards his employees. Not only did he not ensure correct health & safety for his workers but his 'lack of co-operation' delayed that poor young mans family the closure that they needed. That's one more wrong'un off the streets!! Gemzie82
  • Score: 16

6:32pm Mon 8 Sep 14

floyduk says...

I don't know him but unless he is very unlucky indeed I find it very hard to believe he has nothing to do with two deaths that have been mentioned.

Whatever reasons you give for him killing his brother I'm sure a more civilised person would have dealt with it in a manner that didn't involve stabbing someone.

So yes in my view he's a scum bag.
I don't know him but unless he is very unlucky indeed I find it very hard to believe he has nothing to do with two deaths that have been mentioned. Whatever reasons you give for him killing his brother I'm sure a more civilised person would have dealt with it in a manner that didn't involve stabbing someone. So yes in my view he's a scum bag. floyduk
  • Score: 14

1:46pm Wed 10 Sep 14

the wall says...

But, does Mark Hayes think he is the law?
But, does Mark Hayes think he is the law? the wall
  • Score: -5

3:29pm Wed 10 Sep 14

the wall says...

Makes my laugh that friends/family come on here given it the large and don't tell the full story, but just sl4g off people who read the news and leave a comment. Mind you if Mark Hayes is the role model then it says a lot about their mentality, intellect, character and personality. I feel sorry for any young kids being brought up in the Hayes family.
Makes my laugh that friends/family come on here given it the large and don't tell the full story, but just sl4g off people who read the news and leave a comment. Mind you if Mark Hayes is the role model then it says a lot about their mentality, intellect, character and personality. I feel sorry for any young kids being brought up in the Hayes family. the wall
  • Score: -4

4:07pm Wed 10 Sep 14

Gypo.Joe says...

the wall wrote:
Makes my laugh that friends/family come on here given it the large and don't tell the full story, but just sl4g off people who read the news and leave a comment. Mind you if Mark Hayes is the role model then it says a lot about their mentality, intellect, character and personality. I feel sorry for any young kids being brought up in the Hayes family.
You do mean dragged up of course.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Makes my laugh that friends/family come on here given it the large and don't tell the full story, but just sl4g off people who read the news and leave a comment. Mind you if Mark Hayes is the role model then it says a lot about their mentality, intellect, character and personality. I feel sorry for any young kids being brought up in the Hayes family.[/p][/quote]You do mean dragged up of course. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -6

4:11pm Wed 10 Sep 14

the wall says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
the wall wrote:
Makes my laugh that friends/family come on here given it the large and don't tell the full story, but just sl4g off people who read the news and leave a comment. Mind you if Mark Hayes is the role model then it says a lot about their mentality, intellect, character and personality. I feel sorry for any young kids being brought up in the Hayes family.
You do mean dragged up of course.
I was being nice, but yeah through a hedge backwards.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Makes my laugh that friends/family come on here given it the large and don't tell the full story, but just sl4g off people who read the news and leave a comment. Mind you if Mark Hayes is the role model then it says a lot about their mentality, intellect, character and personality. I feel sorry for any young kids being brought up in the Hayes family.[/p][/quote]You do mean dragged up of course.[/p][/quote]I was being nice, but yeah through a hedge backwards. the wall
  • Score: -5

7:59pm Wed 10 Sep 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Wait fer it wait fer it, steady now lads steady.

Incoming when the pubs chuck out boi.
Wait fer it wait fer it, steady now lads steady. Incoming when the pubs chuck out boi. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -10
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