Two men charged with murder - Watford

14/03/2014

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge two men in connection with the murder of Arulchelvam Prasanna in a car park in Watford last year.

Patrick O'Driscoll, aged 33, of Purkiss Road, Hertford has been charged with murder, and two charges of conspiracy to steal from another.

James O' Driscoll, aged 45 of Hamlet Hill, Roydon has been charged manslaughter, and two charges of conspiracy to steal from another.

Arulchelvam Prasanna died at St Mary's Hospital, London, 11 days after being found in the car park of Costco in Hartspring Lane, Watford at around 2.45pm on Sunday, 26 May 2013.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against these men.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge the men with murder and manslaughter.  Both men were also charged with conspiracy to steal from another.

"The charges are in connection with the murder of a man in Watford in May 2013.

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

Both men have been remanded in police custody to appear at Hatfield Remand Court this morning, Friday, 14 March 2014.

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