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Decision to Charge

Once the Police have completed their investigations, they will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on how to proceed. We will then make a decision on whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.

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Prosecuting Homicide

Murder and manslaughter are two of the offences that constitute homicide.

Manslaughter can be committed in one of three ways:

  1. killing with the intent for murder but where there is provocation, diminished responsibility or a suicide pact.
  2. conduct that was grossly negligent given the risk of death, and resulted in death.
  3. conduct, taking the form of an unlawful act involving a danger of some harm, that caused death.

With some exceptions, the crime of murder is committed, where a person:

  • of sound mind and discretion (i.e. sane):
  • unlawfully kills (i.e. not self-defence or other justified killing)
  • any reasonable creature (human being)
  • in being (born alive and breathing through its own lungs)
  • under the Queen's Peace
  • with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.

There are other specific homicide offences, for example, infanticide, causing death by dangerous driving, and corporate manslaughter.

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CPS decision on Earls Court station death


The Crown Prosecution has decided not to prosecute anyone for any offence arising out of the tragic death of Tu Quang Hoang Vu at Earls Court Underground station in November last year. Mr Vu's family have been informed of the decision and the reviewing lawyer has arranged to meet the family to personally explain the reasons behind the decision.

The CPS thoroughly reviewed all the evidence gathered by the British Transport Police during their investigation before reaching a decision. Those arrested in connection with the incident have been told that no further action will be taken against them based on grounds of insufficient evidence.

Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7710 6091 or 020 7710 6088.