The director of a trampoline park in Cardiff, Philip Booth, has pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to report accidents and two counts of failing to ensure people’s safety at the attraction. Between April 2018 and August 2019, four children, including a three-year-old boy and girl, and two girls aged nine and 11, broke their legs while jumping on trampolines and foam pits at Supajump in Trident Trade Park.
At Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Steve Harmes described Booth’s disregard for the law as “blatant” and “serious.” He said that Booth’s failure to report the accidents and his staff’s attempts to minimize injuries demonstrated a lack of concern for the children’s safety.
Although Booth has not been charged over another incident in which a woman suffered a spinal injury at the park, the judge said that the incident illustrated the potential severity of injuries that could occur at such attractions. The judge expressed his belief that his sentencing powers were inadequate in this case and referred Booth to the crown court.
The judge banned the identification of the children involved and Booth will be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on April 27. The maximum sentence Booth could receive is six months in jail. The case highlights the importance of reporting accidents and ensuring the safety of those using play equipment.