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Manslaughter trial hears teenager used 'superman punch' to floor Polish man

Arek Jozwik. Credit: Family photo.

The trial of a teenager accused of killing a Polish man in Harlow has begun.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified because of his age, is charged with the manslaughter of 40-year-old Arkadiusz Jozwik.

He was attacked outside a row of takeaway shops at the town's Stow shopping area on August 27 2016.

Opening their case, the prosecution told Chelmsford Crown Court the teenager, who was 15 at the time, had killed Mr Jozwik with what looked like a "Superman punch".

He was said to have jumped from the ground to use the full force of his body to hit the victim in the head.

The prosecution claims the defendant must have intended to send Mr Jozwik to the ground, and would have known he would cause him harm, even if he did not appreciate the extent of it.

"For whatever reason, maybe even just immature bravado, the prosecution say [the defendant] took a deliberate decision to use unlawful violence when he went around the back of the group to punch Arkadiusz Jozwik.

"He was aware that when he punched him with the force he used - a Superman punch - some harm would be likely to be caused."

– Rosina Cottage QC, prosecution.

The 16-year-old denies the charges.


Not how you start it's how you finish! Harlow athlete powers to Bronze

Richie Chiassaro took part in the T54 wheelchair 400 metre final at the World Paralympics athletics final.

The Harlow athlete left it late but powered to the line to take bronze in a photo finish.

Richie said he was proud to have taken a medal after disappointment in the 800m.

Police hunting attackers who left man for dead

Police in Harlow are hunting for attackers who left a man with critical head injuries after a suspected assault.

The incident happened in Tumbler Road in the town on Monday night.

The man, who is in his 30s, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after suffering a suspected fractured skull. His injuries are life threatening and he remains in a critical condition.

Essex Police are appealing for witness after a man was left with life-threatening head injuries following a suspected attack in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“We are still trying to establish the circumstances of what led to this man suffering serious head injuries.

“However we do believe he was assaulted and some people were seen running away from the scene.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may witnessed the incident who can help us establish exactly what happened.”

– DC Richard Canning, Harlow CID

Two charged over death of seven year old girl on bouncy castle

Summer Grant

Two fairground workers have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a seven year old girl after she was seriously injured on a bouncy castle in Harlow last year.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, was taken to hospital but died a few hours later.

Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, from Whitecross Road, Wilburton in Cambridgeshire were arrested in connection with the investigation.

They were charged today, (Thursday June 15), with manslaughter by gross negligence.

They were also charged with failure to discharge a general health and safety duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

They are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on July 19.

Detectives are continuing their enquiries and are trying to trace a witness who was near the fairground rides at the time of the incident. He was described as a young black man, believed to be aged in his teens.


Council's bid to extend traveller ban to be heard in court

Travellers are currently banned from setting up illegal camps in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Harlow Council will find out today if a bid to extend an injunction banning travellers from setting up illegal camps in the town has been successful.

The current order expires on Friday 16 June, but the council are hoping the High Court will allow them to renew it for another four years.

What do the Council want?

  • To extend the injunction for four years until midnight on 15 June 2021 (with a review of the order by the court in June 2019) or for a period that the court sees fit
  • Include private land at the Old Comet Site in the injunction
  • Add five more named people to the injunction order
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