Driver of bulldozer that crushed Barkingside construction worker to death in 2010 in court

10:06 01 May 2013

Mihai Hondru died after being run over at a construction site in Upminster on October 20 2010.

Mihai Hondru died after being run over at a construction site in Upminster on October 20 2010.


The driver of a bulldozer that crushed Barkingside construction worker Mihai Hondru to death in 2010 has appeared in court.

Mr Hondru, 39, of Poplar Way, was pronounced dead at the scene of the M25 widening works site near junction 29 at Upminster after he was struck by the reversing bulldozer on October 20.

Stephen Blackmore, of Manitoba Gardens, Cullompton, Devon, is accused of failing to operate a construction vehicle safely and has been bailed until June.

Firm J McArdle Contracts was charged with failing to ensure Mr Hondru was not put at risk of collision but the company went into administration the day before the hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 24.

The prosecution has been halted while the Health and Safety Executive contacts the Insolvency Court.

Mr Hondru had come to England from Romania for work to send money home to his elderly mother.

Latest News Stories

King George Hospital

Medical staff working in Redbridge and Havering were the victims of more than 400 physical assaults over the last 12 months.

Yesterday, 15:00
Last year's Young Muslim Writers Awards ceremony. Picture: Young Muslim Writers Awards

Young wordsmiths in the borough could be taking home a writers’ prize at an award ceremony on Saturday.

Yesterday, 12:00
Harold Thane, 91, holding his medal with wife Patti Lynn

A 91-year-old man who helped the Allies landing in Normandy during the Second World War has been awarded the highest order of honour by the French government.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Barnardos christmas appeal.
Jo Chaney, (Managers)

Manager shares insight into lifeline for families

Most read news


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder