A CONTRACTOR plunged to his death at an “obviously dangerous” site where he was working to restore a town’s fire damaged pier, a court heard.

Stephen Penrice was working on Eastbourne Pier after it had been gutted by a fire.

The 44-year-old fell through the Victorian structure and died after landing on the beach.

It happened in 2014.

Two men are on trial accused of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The trial will last for several weeks.

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