Statement regarding the death of Raymond Dibbs

26/07/2012

A 37-year-old man from Farnborough, who was arrested in connection with the death of Raymond Dibbs, has been released without any further action.

Sophie Stevens, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service Wessex received a file of evidence from Hampshire Constabulary following an incident that took place on  Saturday, April 14 outside the Courthouse public house in  Farnborough, which resulted in the tragic death of a  36-year-old-man.

"After careful consideration of all the available evidence in this case, including CCTV footage and witnesses' statements, we came to the conclusion that there was not a realistic prospect of conviction of any criminal offences including manslaughter against the suspect who was involved in a fight with the victim. We were also not satisfied that there was any evidence to suggest that this was a murder case or that the suspect intended to cause serious harm.

"The evidence indicated that the suspect did not use unreasonable force while fighting with the victim and after considering all these factors in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we decided that no charges should be brought against the suspect.

"We completely understand that this is not the outcome the family of the victim had expected and we will meet with them, together with our police colleagues, to explain our decision." 

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have now completed their investigation and informed the family of the CPS's decision. They are now preparing a file to be passed to the coroner and an inquest into Mr Dibbs' death will be held in due course.