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7 January 2012, 08:10 | Updated: 7 January 2012, 08:14
|S; Manslaughter Ipswich - Verdict|
An Ipswich man has today been found not guilty of manslaughter following the death of Simon Cowles in Ipswich.
Police had been contacted at approximately 12:15am on Sunday 17 April following reports of a fight outside The Smock Public House on Maidenhall Approach.
Officers arrived and found 20-year-old Simon Cowles from Star Lane in the town with a serious head injury. He was conveyed to Ipswich Hospital by paramedics, but was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he later died.
Paul Dell was arrested in connection with the assault and subsequently charged with one count of manslaughter on Thursday 21 April.
The 44-year-old from Ipswich pleaded not guilty to the charge at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 29 July.
Following a trail at Ipswich Crown Court commencing on Tuesday 3 January 2012 Dell was today found not guilty of manslaughter.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector John Brocklebank of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said:
“Simon’s death left the local community deeply shocked and our sympathies remain with his family and friends at this difficult time.
“This was a tragic incident that resulted in the death of ayoung man and highlights the dangers of drinking and engaging in acts of violence. Incidents similar to thiscould sadly be replicated up and down the country with equally tragic consequences.
“In light of today’s decision by the court we will now go away and review our investigation.
“Any new information or leads that come in will be fully investigated – so I would appeal to anyone out there who may know anything about this incident to come forward and contact the police immediately.”
“I would remind people that Ipswich town centre remains a generally safe place with dedicated patrols specifically targeted to police the night-time economy. We work closely with licensed premises to ensure that the public can enjoy a safe evening out in the town but we would always remind people to act and behave responsibly.”
Anyone with information should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101.