Southampton river body: Suspect will not face murder charge

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image captionThe body of 20-year-old Sol Hemy was discovered in the River Itchen

A suspect has been told he will not be charged with murdering a man who was found dead in a park river.

The body of Sol Hemy, 20, was found in the water at Riverside Park, Southampton, in September 2019.

Police said a post-mortem examination had concluded that the cause of death was drowning.

Detectives said the 28-year-old suspect from Gosport would not face a murder charge and a file had been prepared for the coroner.

image captionPolice cordoned off a part of Riverside Park in Southampton

Police were called to the scene when gunshots were heard in River Walk at 01:00 BST on 5 September.

Officers then found an abandoned car and a large amount of cannabis in a house.

Mr Hemy, from Sholing, was found dead in the River Itchen at 06:30.

He had not been shot and police said his death was "unexplained".

Detectives have not said whether any of the incidents are linked.

image captionA property in River Walk was also sealed off

Police said a 28-year-old man from Gosport had been served with a postal requisition to appear in court later in the year to face a charge of dangerous driving.

Detectives previously charged three men and a 17-year-old boy, all from Southampton, with conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to possess a firearm.

The accused - Robert Johnston, 24, of Tennyson Avenue; Fardeen Hamidy, 26, of Bursledon Road; Christy Flaherty, 26, of Malmesbury Road; and the teenager who cannot be named - are due to appear at Southampton Crown Court in May.

Mr Flaherty is also accused of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

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