Zoo director sentenced after bear attack – 18- year-old from Broby died
Mora district court writes in its sentence that the previous director had acted negligently by not having made sufficient assessment of the risks and not having established adequate routines. Dangerous animals were not prevented from getting into an enclosure where there are people.
The lack of proper security measures was the cause of an employee's death. "The lives of the family who were also in the enclosure were put at risk", the district court writes in a press release.
On 4th August 2017 Robert Lindvall took along visitors to try out working as a keeper. A family with two children was in the bigger of the enclosures at the time, while the bears had been moved to the smaller enclosure.
But the bears managed to dig their way under the fencing and into the bigger enclosure. The family could escape by climbing over an electric fence, but the keeper was killed by one of the bears.
The company has been sentenced to pay a corporate fine of 2.5 million crowns. The previous director and the company must also pay 120,000 crowns in damages to the family.
The family had called for damages of 16 million crowns.
– I don’t think this is any kind of redress, it’s far too lenient, it’s ridiculous. This has cost our son his life, says Tony, Robert’s father, to TV4.