Bernard Ovu Wiki
Bernard Ovu died after falling to the stars at Canning Town Metro station in 2017
35-year-old IT specialist was coming home from a wedding in Rotherhithe
London Underground finds traces of alcohol and drugs in toxicology reports
His family sues London Underground for £ 300,000 for alleged negligence The family of a ‘drunk’ wedding guest who died at a Underground station and had not been discovered for more than six hours is suing the London Underground for more than £ 300,000 for negligence.
Bernard Ovu, 35, allegedly was stranded in a stairwell at Canning Town station for nearly an hour before being thrown down the concrete steps from the escape bridge, suffering a ‘catastrophic head injury’.
On his way home from a late night wedding in Rotherhithe in Southeast London, the IT specialist crashed just before 3:00 on January 22, 2017 after he accidentally entered a staff-only area.
Her mother, Roselyn Aigbibo Ovu, now filed a £ 300,000 compensation suit against London Underground Ltd, alleging her negligence in maintaining safe staffing levels, which she said would lead to her being detected before it was too late at the station.
However, London Underground Ltd denies the guilt, claiming that he was “drunk” and “unauthorized” in a confined space when confronted with Mr. Ovu’s death.
His lawyers claimed in a toxicology report that Mr. Ovu’s blood alcohol level was twice the driving limit, and also showed traces of marijuana and cocaine. Her mother’s lawyers claim Ovu, the computer expert for the Bar Council, could have been rescued if more staff were on duty.
In court documents, the lawyers’ attorneys for his family were ‘stranded’ in the station’s only staff-accessible area after the emergency doors he passed through were accidentally closed and prevented from safely returning to the station platforms.
‘An extremely cold morning was stranded behind emergency doors for 50 minutes before falling down the stairs and sustaining fatal injuries,’ the lawyers add. There was only one personnel watching the station that was shut down at the time of his death, and as a result, Mr. Ovu allegedly wandered desperate for about an hour before he fell down the stairs, suffering ‘catastrophic head injuries’.
Mr. Ovu was caught on CCTV at the top of the ladder descending to the DLR platform at 2.47 am, and just two minutes later he went down the stairs, suffering fatal head injuries. His body was found at 8.45 am, six hours after his fall.
Guy Watkins, a lawyer with the London Underground, said that when Mr. Ovu left the wedding venue, he was “extremely drunk” and his blood alcohol level was twice the driving limit. The lawyer said traces of marijuana and cocaine also appeared in toxicology reports.
The lawyer said he had previously tried to open glass automatic doors on the Jubilee Line at Canada Water station and open a fire door on the platform.
The London Underground denies that Mr. Ovu is trapped, insisting that he can leave the station at any time from an emergency pedestrian bridge.
His lawyers also contest that Mr. Ovu had any legal maintenance obligations at the time, as he was trespassing in a restricted area. The case is now back for trial at a later date.
The first phase of the research will focus on the ‘preliminary issue’ of whether this duty of care exists.
An investigation in November 2017 heard that on January 22, the only member of staff on duty had failed to check that Mr. Ovu had accidentally passed through an emergency door and gave the alarm. The investigation heard that the security procedures were “inconsistent and ambiguous.”
In a narrative verdict, a jury at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court found that: ‘In the event of an emergency door triggering, the known processes were not followed. If this process had been carried out, it is likely that Bernard was found before. ‘
The RMT union called for an independent investigation into Tube layoffs and staffing levels posthumously.