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The Stow manslaughter: Essex Police statement: “The defendant deliberately used violence against Mr Jozwik”.

Crime / Tue 1st Aug 2017 at 07:30am

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A teenager has been found guilty of manslaughter following the death of a man in Harlow.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was convicted of manslaughter by a jury today, Monday July 31st, following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Arkadiusz Jozwik, known as Arek, and two friends had been out for the evening drinking in Harlow on August 27 last year and arrived at The Stow shopping centre at about 10pm.

They sat drinking alcohol and chatting, before going to buy a pizza at about 11.15pm. They sat on a bench near a group of teenagers, who had been in the area on and off for most of the day.

At about 11.25pm, Mr Jozwik, 40, and one of his friends, Radek Koscelski, walked over to a boy who was sitting on a bench. There was an exchange of words involving Mr Koscelski and the boy, but it was not clear what caused the confrontation due to conflicting witness statements.

Around five minutes later, the defendant and three other boys arrived back in the shopping parade on bicycles. Two boys, neither of whom were the defendant, rode closely to Mr Jozwik and Mr Koscelski, which appeared to spark a disagreement.

The boys joined the other teenagers and the men walked over to the group. There was a heated verbal confrontation involving gesticulating and a push between the groups.

At some point, Mr Koscelski was seen to stumble and fall.

The defendant, who was in front of the men but behind the rest of the teenagers, surreptitiously moved around the group and stood behind Mr Jozwik. He was then seen to jump and forcefully punch him in the head from behind, causing Mr Jozwik to fall to the ground banging his head.

The group of teenagers scattered and left the scene before emergency services arrived shortly afterwards.

Mr Jozwik suffered a brain injury and a fractured skull. He never regained consciousness and died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, on August 29.

Police initially arrested six people in connection with his death including the defendant, then aged 15. He was later charged with manslaughter following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The teenager, from Harlow, denied the offence but was convicted today, Monday July 31st. He will be sentenced on Friday September 8th.

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This has been a complex and difficult investigation and my thoughts very much remain with Mr Jozwik’s family, who have lost a dearly loved son and brother in the most tragic of circumstances. While nothing will ever bring Mr Jozwik back, now the court proceedings are over, I hope his family can somehow start to rebuild their lives.

“Essex Police, working in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, has carried out a huge amount of work into trying to establish the course of events that led to Mr Jozwik’s death and to find the truth of what happened.

“My team has taken more than 150 witness statements, spoken to more than 300 people during enquiries and reviewed more than 100 hours of CCTV footage. More than 30 police officers and staff have been involved in the investigation and committed more than 1,200 additional hours.

“Whatever the reason for the events of that night, the defendant deliberately used violence against Mr Jozwik.

“While he would not have intended for it to be a fatal blow, he made a decision to move deliberately behind the victim and take him by surprise with a forceful punch. He must have appreciated this would have caused harm.”
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