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 Teenager released following Consett murder investigation

 12/05/2020

​A teenager who was arrested in connection with the tragic death of a Consett man has been released with no further action.


The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder after 47-year-old David Cameron died following an altercation in Southernwood, Consett, last December.


Detectives from Durham Constabulary’s Major Crime Team carried out a thorough investigation into Mr Cameron’s death, which included reviewing all of the relevant CCTV footage, completing detailed forensic and pathology work, carrying out house-to-house enquiries and obtaining accounts from all those who witnessed the incident.


Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton, who led the investigation, said: “This was a tragic incident for all involved and my thoughts remain with Mr Cameron’s family.


“The investigation has been thorough in gathering all of the available evidence. A file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, who concluded that there was no realistic prospect of conviction based upon the evidential test which is required before someone is charged with a criminal offence.


“As a result, the teenager has been released with no further action.” 

 

A CPS Spokesperson said: “Evidence provided to the Crown Prosecution Service as a result of the police investigation into the death of Mr Cameron showed that he had demonstrated the first use of force by pushing the fourteen year old suspect in this case during an altercation between the pair.


“It was clear from the evidence provided, including the pathologist’s report, that the actions of the suspect in defending himself amounted to a use of force that would be allowed by law.


“In order to bring a criminal prosecution in any case, CPS Prosecutors must first establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for a criminal offence. Given the evidence in this case, the Crown Prosecution Service took the decision that the suspect should not be charged.


“We extend our sincere sympathies to the family of David Cameron, at what must be a very difficult time for them.”