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Corfu CO death trial delayed until 2010

The trial for manslaughter and negligence of two holiday reps accused of responsibility for the deaths of children Christianne and Bobby Shepherd has been delayed.

The trial was due to start today but has been adjourned until next February or March after legal applications by the defendants.

Thomas Cook reps Richard Carson, 27, and Nicola Gibson, 25, face the charges along with 10 Greeks, including staff from the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in Gouvia, where the family were staying.

Christianne Shepherd, seven, and her six-year-old brother Robert died of carbon monoxide poisoning in October 2006. Their father, Neil Shepherd, and his partner, Ruth Beatson, survived after days in a coma.

Last year Greek officials said they believed the family was overcome when carbon monoxide fumes from a faulty gas boiler at a neighbouring apartment leaked into their rooms via the hotel’s air conditioning system.