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CPS to review evidence of Belly Mujinga’s death as a million people demand justice

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been asked to review evidence into the death of rail worker Belly Mujinga in recognition of wide public interest, British Transport Police said today.

More than a million people have signed a petition seeking justice for the family of Ms Mujinga, who died in April with coronavirus, a few weeks after being spat at while working at London’s Victoria station.

British Transport Police (BTP) interviewed a 57-year-old man but said the incident did not lead to the worker’s death and decided not to refer the case to the CPS.

In a new statement yesterday BTP said it had invited the CPS to conduct an independent review of the available evidence, and whether there were any further lines of inquiry.

BTP said it understood the depth of feeling over the case and that there were further questions over how investigators condcluded there was insufficient proof of a crime to justify a prosecution.

Ms Mujinga’s husband, Lusamba, yesterday thanked those who have signed the petition, saying that the family had been on a “rollercoaster of emotions.”

“On Wednesday, thousands of people protested in London to cry it loud that black lives matter,” he said.

“Black lives do matter. Belly’s life mattered. It mattered to me, to our daughter, our friends and family, to Belly’s colleagues, and now it matters to many thousands of you out there.

“We were there, united in our anger and our grief. United in our determination to be heard and in our determination to get change. We want justice for Belly.”

Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy also called for an investigation yesterday, putting down an early-day motion in Parliament.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes pledged that the union would continue to fight for justice for Ms Mujinga, who was a member of the transport workers’ union.

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