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