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Suszek. Łódź. Death of girl scouts at camp. A surprising court decision

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For the third time, the District Court in Łódź overturned the judgment of the first instance court acquitting the former commandant of the scout camp in Suszko (Pomeranian Voivodeship) and his deputy and referred the case for reconsideration by the District Court. In August 2017, two teenagers died as a result of a storm and 38 other camp participants were injured. – In the court's opinion, the court of first instance failed to thoroughly examine this case for the second time – argued the judge of the District Court in Łódź in the decision.

The tragedy occurred on the night of August 11-12, 2017. Violent storms with strong wind gusts passed over Pomerania. The scout camp in Suszko near Chojnice was destroyed. Two girl scouts, aged 13 and 14, died when they were crushed by a tree, and 38 other camp participants were taken to hospitals with various injuries. Most of them came from Łódź. After many months of investigation, the prosecutor brought indictments to court against three people – the former camp commandant and his deputy, and the then director of the Security and Crisis Management Department of the District Office in Chojnice.

The former commander and his deputy have already been acquitted twice by the district court in Łódź, with which the prosecutor's office did not agree.

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“The district court failed to thoroughly consider the case”

Today, the District Court in Łódź was to deliver a verdict against the former commandant of the Suszko camp and his deputy, but the case will be considered by the district court for the third time. – In the court's opinion, the court of first instance failed to thoroughly examine this case for the second time. This is a difficult matter, but when making a specific decision, it is necessary to rely on all the evidence. The court of first instance relied on selected evidence. This method of proceeding cannot be considered correct and a re-examination is necessary. The court of first instance must look for the third time and notice the differences in the witnesses' testimonies, argued Judge Michał Błoński. – The assessment must be in-depth and logical, and a lot of resources and effort must be devoted to finally carry it out correctly. This is not a two-session hearing. This case is special because two people died – added the judge of the District Court in Łódź.

Tragedy in Suszko. Court decisionTVN24

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Tragedy in Suszko. Prosecutor's investigation

The indictment filed by the Prosecutor's Office in Słupsk concerned 28-year-old Mateusz I., who served as the commander of the scout camp, and his deputy – 51-year-old Włodzimierz D. Both men were accused of intentionally exposing camp participants to a direct danger of loss of life and serious damage to health and causing the unintentional death of two scouts and the unintentional causing of various types of bodily injuries to several dozen other scouts. The first-instance court acquitted the men twice. The prosecutor's office appealed against the last verdict, which was passed in March 2022.

The tragedy in Suszko - chronology of warnings and help

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On March 21, the Łódź court upheld the first-instance judgment from June 2021 against Andrzej N., then director of the Security and Crisis Management Department of the District Office in Chojnice. He was charged with failing to fulfill his duties by failing to forward a weather alert from Gdańsk about an upcoming storm to a lower level. The accused pleaded guilty. The court of first instance discontinued the proceedings against him for a probation period of one year and ordered him to pay PLN 1,000 for social purposes.

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