|Fire Charge: Bowen|
A suspected cannabis grower, accused of starting a fatal fire which claimed a man’s life, has appeared in court for the first time charged with manslaughter.
Ricky Bowen, 30, of Nunhead Grove, Peckham is charged with unlawfully killing 25 year-old Grant Fenn, who spent three months in a coma after the explosion.
He reportedly suffered 98% burns and was placed in an induced coma at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he passed away on August 2, last year.
In the early hours of April 11 the caretaker’s room at Coniston House, Wyndham Road, Camberwell burst into flames.
Father-of-one Mr. Fenn was airlifted to hospital with another man, who was also treated for injuries and discharged.
Afterwards police revealed the room was being used to cultivate cannabis.
Bowen appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court charged with the manslaughter of Mr. Bowen on August 2.
He will next appear at the Old Bailey on October 5.
Bowen is also charged with arson with intent or recklessness as to whether life was endangered on April 11 and being concerned in the production of cannabis.
Alongside him in the dock was 24 year-old Katherine Granger, of Draper House, Wyndham Estate, Elephant and Castle.
She is charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice by giving a false witness statement to the police on May 13, last year.
Granger is also charged with permitting the supply of cannabis at her home address on April 10 and will also appear at the Old Bailey on the same date.