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French prosecutors say the British teacher responsible for looking after a 12-year-old girl who drowned during a school trip should be jailed for three years.

Steven Layne, Chantelle Lewis and Daisy Stathers, from Wolfreton School in Willerby, near Hull, are charged with manslaughter by negligence following the death of Jessica Lawson in July 2015.

The schoolgirl, the youngest on the trip, was stranded after a buoy overturned in a lake near the city of Limoges.

BEST QUALITY HAS SN Steven Layne to the Palais de Justice, Tulle, central France, where he was charged with the French equivalent of manslaughter by negligence following the death of 12-year-old Jessica Lawson in July, 2015.
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Teacher Steven Layne

A court hearing at the Palais de Justice in the French town of Tulle heard how Ms Lewis and Ms Stathers began to “panic” after noticing Jessica was missing, both becoming emotional in the witness stand during the process. proceedings on Tuesday.

Mr Layne said he thought the buoy was a safety feature and saw no signs of distress when he looked at rescuers after it capsized.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Daisy Stathers arrived at the Palais de Justice, Tulle, central France, where she was charged with the French equivalent of manslaughter by negligence following the death of 12-year-old Jessica Lawson in July 2015 .
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Teacher Daisy Stathers

The youngster’s mother, Brenda Lawson, told the court she expected the teachers to have “respect and integrity” throughout the trial.

In her closing remarks, prosecutor Myriam Soria told the head of the Tulle jurisdiction, Marie-Sophie Waguette, she recommended three years in prison for the three teachers, as well as for the lifeguards. Leo Lemaire.

BEST QUALITY HAS SN Leo Lemaire to Palais de Justice, Tulle, central France, where he was charged with the equivalent of French manslaughter by negligence following the death of 12-year-old Jessica Lawson in July of 2015.
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Lifeguard Leo Lemaire

Ms Soria also advised Ms Waguette that the local government in the town of Liginiac should be fined €45,000 (£39,230) for the alleged conduct in Jessica’s death.

In her statement, the prosecutor said: “Jessica Lawson is a good swimmer. She is a little girl.

“Her swimming should be watched with vigilance.”

BEST QUALITY HAS SN Chantelle Lewis to the Palais de Justice, Tulle, central France, where she was charged with the French equivalent of manslaughter by negligence following the death of 12-year-old Jessica Lawson in July 2015 .
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Chantelle Lewis to Palais de Justice, Tulle

Ms Soria said none of the teachers could see where Jessica was while swimming due to lack of supervision.

Addressing the issue of the float, the prosecutor said local authorities “knew about the instability and knew about its age.”

Jessica’s parents, who watched the proceedings through an interpreter, will find out if the teachers committed the offence on Wednesday.

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