Essex

Harlow Polish man death: Teenager charged with manslaughter

Arkadiusz Jozwik Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Arkadiusz Jozwik died two days after an attack in Harlow, Essex, in August

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a Polish man who was attacked in Essex.

Arkadiusz Jozwik, 39, was assaulted on 27 August in The Stow, Harlow, and later died in hospital.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, will appear at Chelmsford Youth Court in January.

Mr Jozwik, who was also known as Arek, was with a friend outside a takeaway when they were attacked. His friend, 43, suffered hand and stomach injuries.

Image copyright BBC/Richard Smith
Image caption Flowers and other tributes were left in memory of Mr Jozwik near the spot where he was attacked

Mr Jozwik was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge following the attack and died from head injuries.

His mother Ewa Jozwik described him as "a normal easygoing boy" who "didn't drink and go out partying".

"I go to the cemetery most days. It's a nightmare. I can't believe that he's dead," she said.

Image caption Mr Jozwik's mother Ewa said she visited her son's grave most days

Police said they had been authorised by prosecutors to charge a 15-year-old boy from Harlow with manslaughter in connection with Mr Jozwik's death.

He has been released on police bail until his first court appearance.

In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said police had decided to take no further action in relation to five other youths who were at the scene.

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