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Jury verdict of 'Guilty to Manslaughter' for Ralph Millward killers

25/05/2010

Today the jury in this horrific case returned a verdict of 'guilty of manslaughter' for each of the defendants and we are satisfied that this reflects the three youths invovled unlawfully killed Ralph Millward.

The three youths were originally charged with the murder of Mr Millward but have now been convicted of manslaughter. There is a very fine line between these two offences which rests on the intention of the defendants behaviour; in this case the jury were unable to convict the youths for murder but their guilty verdict of manslaughter still ensures the defendants are held accountable for the unlawful taking of Mr Millwards life.

The prosecution of this case from the investigation, preparation to prosecution in court, involved a huge amount of hard work from both Dorset Police and Dorset Crown Prosecution Service which has ultimately led to justice for Ralph.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. For further information contact Victoria Lambert on 01202 495705
  2. The DPP has published his long term vision for the prosecution service and its role within the wider criminal justice system. It includes modernising the service and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice - read The Public Prosecution Service: Setting the Standard at www.cps.gov.uk/pps
  3. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). These are organised into 12 Groups, plus CPS London, each overseen by Group Chair, a senior CCP. In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,250 people and prosecuted 1,032,598 cases with an overall conviction rate of 86.6% in 2008-2009. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.  This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.  The Protocol is published on our website at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agencies/mediaprotocol.html