An engineering company has been prosecuted at the Circuit Criminal Court in Co Kerry over the collapse of a hotel lift which left five members of a family with serious injuries.
The jury will consider its verdict tomorrow in the case of Ellickson Engineering Ltd of Kilmurry, Waterford, which installed the lift at the Killarney Plaza Hotel.
In July 2011, members of a family from Dublin were guests at the four-star Plaza hotel in the centre of Killarney, attending a wedding elsewhere in the town.
After the wedding ceremony, five members of the Meehan family returned to the Plaza for something to eat before the wedding reception.
But on their way from the basement car park to the hotel reception area, the lift was involved in what was described in court as a "catastrophic collapse" and plunged six metres back to the basement.
All five suffered serious injuries.
Kevin Meehan described at the Circuit Criminal Court how he fractured his left ankle and his right heel as well as breaking discs in his spine.
Paul Meehan broke both shin bones and crushed his right heel. His wife Trish suffered serious leg injuries as well as chest whiplash.
Another brother, Andrew Meehan, said his life flashed in front of him and it was like living in a horror movie.
Prosecuting Barister Tom Rice said the workmanship was shoddy and he told the jury the prosecution would show that Ellickson Engineering failed to install the lift in a way that was safe.
Expert witnesses gave evidence on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority of damage and fatigue cracks in various parts of the lift which had caused the collapse.
The trial is unusual principally because Ellickson Engineering LTD made no appearance in court and is not legally represented, so there was no defence, no cross-examination and no closing statements.
The jury will consider its verdict tomorrow.