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Boy, 15, charged over death of Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik

Published 01/12/2016

Arkadiusz Jozwik, who died after being attacked in Harlow
Arkadiusz Jozwik, who died after being attacked in Harlow

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the manslaughter of "hard-working" Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik.

Mr Jozwik was attacked outside a row of takeaway shops on August 27, in the wake of the Brexit vote in June's EU Referendum.

He died in hospital two days later.

Initial reports suggested the death of the 40-year-old, who was attacked in Harlow, Essex, was a possible hate crime, but it is understood that prosecutors are not treating it as such.

Polish ambassador Arkady Rzegocki visited Harlow in the days after the attack and met the family of Mr Jozwik, and Poland's foreign minister and home affairs minister met their British counterparts Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd the following week amid concerns for the Polish community in the UK.

In a tribute statement issued at the time, the family of Mr Jozwik said: "He was a hard-working man who loved spending time with his family, specifically his nephew, with whom he loved to play table football."

Five teenage boys 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.

Mr Jozwik was attacked in a shopping precinct called The Stow at around 11.35pm.

He was initially taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow but was later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he died of head injuries.

Paul Scothern, Crown Advocate in the complex casework unit for the Crown Prosecution Service East of England, warned people against posting any information online that could prejudice the case against the 15-year-old.

"It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary, or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings," he said. "For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

The 15-year-old is due to appear at Chelmsford Youth Court on January 6 2017.

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