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Disgraced engineer found not guilty in relation to Elliot Lake mall collapse

Robert Wood had been facing criminal charges stemming from the 2012 event in which two people died and several others were injured.
Robert Wood, the former engineer who last inspected the Algo Centre Mall before its 2012 roof collapse, has been found not guilty of all criminal charges levied against him. SooToday file photo

A Superior Court judge has found a former Sault Ste. Marie engineer not guilty of criminal charges related to the 2012 Elliot Lake mall collapse.

Robert Wood, who owned and worked at the now-defunct Sault-based engineering firm M.R. Wright and Associates, was charged in 2014 with two counts of criminal negligence causing death and a single count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The Algo Centre Mall's rooftop parking deck collapsed on June 23, 2012.

Doloris Perizzolo, 74, and Lucie Aylwin, 37, were killed in the collapse, and dozens more people were injured.

Wood had conducted a structural condition inspection of the mall's leaking roof and parking deck on April 12, 2012, just six weeks before the collapse.

He was found not guilty of all three charges at the conclusion of the trial on June 1.