CPS statement - no charges in connection with the death of Blake Fowler

18/12/2014

A CPS spokesperson said: "The Crown Prosecution Service was asked to consider a file of evidence to decide whether or not someone should be prosecuted for any offence in connection with the death of Blake Fowler who died from a head trauma in 2011 when he was 7 years old.

Following a careful review of all the available evidence it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for any offence in relation to any person.

"Blake Fowler died on 3 December 2011, whilst he was under the care of his step-father Peter Meek, along with Philip Meek, Peters brother. Following initial reports from the pathologist, Hampshire Constabulary decided that there was insufficient evidence and therefore no action should be taken. No file of evidence was passed to the CPS at that stage.

"An inquest into Blake's death was held on 4 November 2013 and the Coroner recorded an open verdict. As a result, Hampshire Constabulary decided to re-investigate this case and in September 2014 passed a file of evidence to the Complex Casework Unit in CPS Wessex.

"Following a thorough review of all the available  evidence, including the inquest findings and the outcome of related Family court proceedings, it was decided that there was insufficient evidence to prove to the required standard that Blake's injury arose from an unlawful act, or who was responsible for any such unlawful act. It was also not possible to prove the required elements for a prosecution for child cruelty.

"Therefore there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against anyone.

"These decisions were made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."