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VIDEO: Corfu Carbon Monoxide Deaths "Unlawful"

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Published at 2:34pm 13th May 2015. (Updated at 3:47pm 13th May 2015)

An inquest jury has ruled that the deaths of two children on holiday in Corfu were "unlawful."

Bobby and Christi Shepherd from Horbury in West Yorkshire suffered Carbon Monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler. 

Jurors have found tour operator Thomas Cook "breached their duty of care."

Their mother, Sharon Wood, said she was "hugely relieved" that the fight for justice was over, indicating that they would not seek compensation from the tour operator.

But the family's lawyer, Leslie Thomas QC, said Thomas Cook should "hang its head in shame" and finally apologise.

A spokesperson from Thomas Cook said: "Everyone at Thomas Cook was shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Robert and Christianne Shepherd in 2006. Thomas Cook recognises that the pain caused by this terrible accident will never go away and must be still very hard for friends and family to bear.

"The Greek authorities launched a thorough criminal investigation in 2010 which found three of the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel employees guilty of manslaughter; that investigation cleared Thomas Cook's employees of any wrong doing. The Coroner had directed the jury that the only conclusion to reach was unlawful killing as legally it had to be consistent with the Greek verdicts.

"The systems which were in place in 2006, which were intended to prevent such a tragedy, have since been thoroughly revised and address the criticisms made by the jury. Thomas Cook works with dedicated specialist external health and safety experts to audit holiday properties. The health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance and we continuously review and strive to improve all our procedures.

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