A 15-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a Polish man. Initial reports suggested the death of Arkadiusz Jozwik was being treated as a possible hate crime , but it is understood that prosecutors are not treating it as such.
The 40-year-old died in hospital two days after he was attacked outside a row of takeaway shops in Harlow, Essex, late at night on August 27.
Five other teenagers who were initially arrested in connection with Mr Jozwik’s death were told they would face no further action by Essex Police .
The decision not to charge the five boys, who prosecutors said were at the scene, was taken in October due to a lack of evidence.
The attack occurred in a shopping precinct called The Stow at about 11:35pm.
Afterwards Mr Jozwik was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he died on August 29.
After a lengthy investigation the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Essex Police to charge the 15-year-old boy, who is from Harlow, with manslaughter.
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to appear at Chelmsford Youth Court on January 6, 2017.
Paul Scothern, Crown Advocate in the Complex Casework Unit for CPS East of England, said: “We have today advised Essex Police to charge a 15-year-old youth from Harlow with the manslaughter of Arkadiusz Jozwik.
“This is following an incident at The Stow, Harlow, on 27 August 2016.
“The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
“The youth will appear at Chelmsford Youth Court on 6 January 2017.
“Following early investigative advice from the reviewing lawyer, the police decided to take no further action in relation to five other youths who were at the scene.
“May I remind all concerned that this youth has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary, or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. “For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”