A pair of French ski guides have plead guilty to manslaughter after one of their clients was killed by an avalanche in the Italian alps during the winter of 2015 reports The Telegraph.
The deceased victim, Graeme Porteous had hired two guides to accompany himself and others on an off-piste for a day of powder skiing near Bosco Castello at the time of the avalanche. During the tour, Matthieu Desprat and Bruno Roche guided the party into a terrain trap gully, where the slide released. Proteous was ultimately swept away and although he was able to inflate his avalanche airbag, trauma sustained via tree collision ended up taking his life.
As a part of the plea deal, the guides will both take-on a 10 month suspended sentence.
Search and rescue as well as snow safety personnel testified in the court case held in Cuneo, saying that venturing off-piste at the time was unsafe due to the amount of snow that had fallen leading up to the fatality. The slopes were actually closed at the time due to the abundant powder.
Find the entire Telegraph article here: Ski guides accept plea bargain over death of British banker