Sentencing date set for negligent optometrist convicted over Ipswich boy’s death

Honey Rose arriving at Ipswich Crown Court.

Honey Rose arriving at Ipswich Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

An eye expert convicted of the manslaughter by gross negligence of an Ipswich boy in the first case of its kind will know her fate next month.

Ipswich Crown Court has now set a date of August 26 for the sentencing of Honey Rose, who was found guilty last week following a ten-day trial.

The 35-year-old from east London will be sentenced by High Court judge Mr Justice Stuart-Smith.

Rose had denied the manslaughter charge which was brought by Suffolk Constabulary after the death from hydrocephalus of eight-year-old Vinnie Barker, of Henley Road, Ipswich.

However a jury found the optometrist had missed serious abnormalities in the eyes of the Dale Hall Primary School pupil during a routine examination on July 13, 2012.

Rose had been working as a locum for Boots opticians in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.