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Unreasonable delay arguments brought in Radiohead stage collapse case

Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm EDT

A collapsed stage is shown at a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park in Toronto on June 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – Lawyers for an entertainment company and an engineer accused in a deadly 2012 stage collapse at an outdoor Radiohead concert in Toronto are asking an Ontario court to stay the charges against them.

The entertainment company Live Nation and an engineer, Domenic Cugliari, are arguing the case has seen unreasonable delays that violate their right to a timely trial.

A Toronto-area contractor also charged in the incident, Optex Staging, has not applied for a stay but the judge has agreed that the company will share Live Nation’s fate on this issue.

A new trial was ordered in the case earlier this year after the presiding judge was appointed to a higher court and ruled he no longer had jurisdiction over the case.

Live Nation, Optex Staging and Cugliari were charged in 2013 with a total of 13 charges under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act.

If Monday’s unreasonable delay application is unsuccessful, a new trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 5.