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Stunt boss goes on trial over Dark Knight crash

Conway Wickliffe was not strapped down to the vehicle he was travelling in on the set of the Batman movie in Surrey, England in 2007 and died after the 4x4 hit a tree.

The 41 year old, who was grasping a handheld camera to film the scene, suffered severe injuries and died after the driver swerved to avoid a pothole and struck the tree.

Prosecutor Pascal Bates told Guildford Crown Court that Christopher Corbould, who was performing the stunt with a crew of 14 technicians, is to blame for not assessing the health and safety risks of the manoeuvre.

The 53 year old, who won an Academy Award last month (Feb11) for his work on Inception, insists proper measures were taken on the day the scene was filmed.

Ian Lowe, Corbould's colleague, told the court that trial runs were conducted before the final shoot.

He explained, ""We wouldn't have done the test if everyone hadn't been happy with it.""

Corbould has worked on seven James Bond movies, the Harry Potter franchise and Tomb Raider. The trial continues.