Trial begins of teenager accused of manslaughter of Arek Jozwik in Harlow

News / Tue 25th Jul 2017 at 09:54am


THE TRIAL has begun of the manslaughter of Arek Jozwik in Harlow.

The trial is taking place at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, is charged with the manslaughter of the 40-year-old man at The Stow shopping precinct on August 27th, 2016.

Judge Patricia Lynch swore in a jury on Monday afternoon.

Prosection set out their case on Tuesday morning where the court heard that Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, from Poland, was killed by a single punch.

Rosina Cottage QC, prosecuting, told Chelmsford crown court that the prosecution does not say the boy thought that what he did would result in the death of the man.

“However, we say he moved deliberately around the back of Mr Jóźwik to take him by surprise and to hit him from behind.

Cottage said Jóźwik was accompanied by Radek Koscelski and Jakub Lusiecki when they entered the Stow.

They sat near a large group of teenagers as they waited for and then consumed their pizza.

The prosecution described how it was a drunken Koscelski who became argumentative with the group. After a short lull, matters appeared to come to a head when a cyclist brushed past Arek Jozwik.

CCTV footage was shown to the jurors. Prosecution said it showed the defendant “appear to jump in the air and swing his arm with force to the head of Mr Jóźwik”.

Prosecution added: “For whatever reason, maybe even just immature bravado, the prosecution say [he] took a deliberate decision to use unlawful violence when he went around the back of the group to punch Mr Jóźwik.”

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