Prosecutors won't lay murder charges against suspect over coronavirus death of railway worker Belly Mujinga

PROSECUTORS today ruled out laying homicide charges over the death of a railway worker after medical tests confirmed the suspect had not been infected with coronavirus.

Belly Mujinga, 47, died with the deadly bug about two weeks after a passenger allegedly spat at her at Victoria station in London.

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But while British Transport Police (BTP) interviewed a 57-year-old man, they said there was insufficient evidence that the man had spat at her – or done anything else that could have led to infecting the mother.

The Crown Prosecution Service was then asked to review the evidence independently – today ruling out any murder charges.

As part of the review, tests confirmed the suspect involved did not have coronavirus.

Deputy chief Crown prosecutor Suzanne Llewellyn said CCTV and forensic materials had been examined.

She said: "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 BTP no further reliable evidence has become available to change their original decision in this case.

She said that Belly's death in April was "heartbreaking" that "shocked the country".

Deputy chef Crown prosecutor Llewellyn said: "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."

She said as part of the review into the investigation, CCTV, forensic materials and witness statements had been examined.

Ms Mujinga's husband Lusamba has previously said the family had been on a "rollercoaster" of emotions since the death of his wife.

He said: "We were there, united in our anger and our grief. United in our determination to be heard and in our determination to get change. We want justice for Belly."

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