Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Thursday, January 13)

Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Thursday, January 13)

Mother of boy who died begins high court battle

The mother of a 13-year-old boy who died after allegedly being pushed into a river has begun her high court battle into a decision not to prosecute a teenager accused of causing her son’s death.

Christopher Kapessa was allegedly pushed into the River Cynon by a 14-year-old boy in July 2019. Although police found evidence to support a prosecution for manslaughter, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it was not in the public interest to charge the teenager.

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The CPS had strongly denied race played any part in its decision – as claimed by Christopher’s mother, Alina Joseph.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb has allowed an application by Ms Joseph for a judicial review at the High Court in London. She has launched legal action against the Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill, who heads up the CPS. The case began on Thursday morning.

About a dozen campaigners and friends are gathered at the Royal Courts of Justice, while two High Court Judges look into the decision.

Michael Mansfield QC, who represents Ms Joseph, told the two judges Lord Justice Popplewell and Mr Justice Dove that the CPS’s decision was “unreasonable or irrational”.

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https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/wales-breaking-news-plus-traffic-22733737

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