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Man pleads guilty for the death of drowning girl

Becky Morgan was pulled from the water at Broadstairs Credit: Kent Police

A man who failed to come to the rescue of a drowning girl has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

Michael Bowditch, 21, admitted killing 17 year old Becky Morgan last summer after he saw her fall into the sea off the Kent coast.

Her body was later found over two miles away near Broadstairs.

It is the failure to take any steps to prevent Miss Morgan's death after she fell into the sea which forms the basis of his culpability for manslaughter.

– Prosecutor Simon Taylor

Man charged in connection with death at holiday park

Detectives investigating the death of a man in the Holton Heath area of Dorset have charged a man with manslaughter.

Police were called to Sandford Holiday Park along Organford Road in the early hours of Saturday. Officers discovered a man with serious injuries, who died at the scene.

Formal identification hasn't taken place yet.

41-year-old Jason James of Torquay, has been charged with manslaughter - he is due before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court today.

“Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of manslaughter.

“Family liaison officers have updated the victim’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park, who are yet to speak with police, to contact us urgently.

“It is also important to stress, as is typical in such circumstances, that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

– Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police’s MCIT

Man charged with manslaughter of homeless woman

A man from Brighton has been charged with the manslaughter of a homeless woman.

Her body was found in public toilets in Brighton on the 22nd November last year.

Timothy Smythe, who is 52-years-old, is in custody and will appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on the 15th May.

Faye Isaac, aged 39, was found dead by a cleaner in The Colonnade toilets in Maderia Drive just before 10.50am.

Man in court charged with killing teenage girls

A man is due in court charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls.

Jasmine Alsop, who was 14-year-old, died when she and her Olivia Lewry were hit by a car in gosport in November last year.

Olivia, who was 16-years-old, died later in hospital.

Samuel Etherington, who is from Gosport, will appear at Winchester Crown Court later.

Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry Credit: Hampshire Police


Man in court charged with manslaughter of teenage girls in Gosport

A man charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls from Gosport is due to enter a plea in court today. 14-year-old Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry who was 16 died after they were hit by a car in November last year.

Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Samuel Etherington who's 20 and from Stoners Close in Gosport is due at Winchester Crown Court.

CPS releases statement after sentencing

The Crown Prosecution Service has given its reaction to the sentencing of 30-year-old Karl Addo for the manslaughter of 23-year-old Sergio Marquez.

Addo was sentenced today at Bournemouth Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of six and half years.

He also received an indefinite restriction under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act with a referral to Broadmoor Hospital, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Sergio Marquez, 23, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, on 2 December at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Sergio Marquez died as a result of a horrific and frenzied attack by his flatmate Karl Addo on 17th July 2012, during which a meat cleaver and knives were used. Karl Addo had been suffering from mental illness for several years, and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. At the time of the attack on Mr Marquez he was suffering from the delusional but fixed belief that he was being followed, assaulted and injected with drugs by gangs, and that members of the gang (possibly including Mr. Marquez) were planning to kill him."

– Tessa Hingston, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service

Ms Hingston said ,edical experts who had been treating Addo in a secure mental hospital while he was waiting for his trial agreed that he had only recently become sufficiently lucid to be fit to plead, although he remained extremely delusional.

The trial was listed to start on Monday, and the defence informed us that Mr Addo would plead guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The proposed plea was carefully considered, and in the light of evidence from psychiatrists that Karl Addo’s responsibility for his actions would have been substantially reduced by his severe mental illness at the relevant time, the plea was accepted."

– Tessa Hingston
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