Optometrist Honey Rose denies manslaughter of eight-year-old Ipswich patient

Honey Rose leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing.

Honey Rose leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An eye specialist today denied killing an eight-year-old Ipswich patient by “gross negligence”.

Locum optometrist Honey Rose, 34, appeared before the Old Bailey charged with the manslaughter of Vincent Barker on July 13, 2012.

Keen footballer Vincent, a pupil at Dale Hall Primary School in Ipswich, died at his home in the town’s Henley Road after it is understood he was taken ill at school.

A key part of an optometrist’s duties is to detect signs of disease or injury through eye examinations and to be aware of wider health conditions.

Dressed in a black lace-trimmed top and large leaf-shaped earrings, Rose spoke only to plead not guilty to the charge before Mr Justice Singh.

Rose, from Newham, London, who is on bail, faces a trial at Ipswich Crown Court on July 4.

The case is due to go on for three weeks.

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A High Court trial judge has yet to be appointed.