Man charged with manslaughter - Hertford

13/01/2015

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge a man with manslaughter following the death of a doorman in Hertford.

William Wade, aged 26, of High Road, High Cross, was charged with manslaughter today, Tuesday, 13 January 2015.

James (Jim) Darrah, aged 54, was struck to the face at just after midnight on Saturday, 23 August 2014, in the entrance to the Stone House bar on Bull Plain, causing him to fall to the ground. He was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against William Wade.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge the man with manslaughter.

"The charge relates to the death of James Darrah, who died 23 August 2014, after receiving a blow to the face outside a Hertford bar.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Mr Wade has been released on bail to appear at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on Monday, 02 February 2015.

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