Belly Mujinga: Prosecutors Rule Out Charges Over Railway Worker's Death

Nadine White
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Belly Mujinga
Belly Mujinga

Prosecutors have ruled out charges over the death of railway worker Belly Mujinga.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which reviewed police’s decision to close the investigation, said on Thursday that medical tests confirmed the suspect accused of spitting at the Victoria station worker while she was on duty had not been infected with coronavirus.

Mujinga, 47, died of Covid-19 on April 5, two weeks after saying she was spat on while at work by a man who claimed to have the virus.

Deputy chief crown prosecutor Suzanne Llewellyn said: “At the request of British Transport Police, following their decision to take no further action in this case, the CPS has now independently reviewed the evidence and advised on any further lines of enquiry that might support a prosecution.

“As part of this review, we studied enhanced CCTV, forensic materials and witness statements.

“CCTV and witness evidence was insufficiently clear and consistent to substantiate allegations of deliberate coughing or spitting, meaning no charges can be brought for assault or public order offences.

“Medical tests confirmed the suspect had not been infected with coronavirus, which together with the lack of other evidence rules out any charges in relation to homicide.

“Therefore, after careful consideration and with all lines of inquiry explored, we have advised British Transport Police no further reliable evidence has become available to change their original decision in this case.

“We have met with the family of Ms Mujinga to explain our reasoning, which we know will be disappointing for them. Our deepest sympathies remain with the family.”

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