Statement on decision in case of Kieran Beresford

08/08/2013

The CPS decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Kieran Beresford for allegedly causing the death of Mr Kamlesh Ruparelia in 2010.

A CPS spokesperson said: "In a criminal court we must prove 'beyond reasonable doubt' that the person committed all elements of the crime alleged - this is a higher burden of proof than that in the coroner's court. The prosecution must also disprove any defence that the defendant was acting in self-defence.

"We worked closely with South Yorkshire Police based on the evidence available at the time and the CPS advised that Kieran Beresford should be charged with manslaughter for the killing of Mr Ruparelia.

"Shortly before trial three new witness accounts were brought to the attention of CPS. Their evidence undermined the prosecution case as it supported the defence case that Kieran Beresford was acting in self-defence. By law we must disclose to the defence any material in the case which could undermine the prosecution or assist the defence.  We cannot simply select the evidence which supports a prosecution.

"We are also bound by the Code for Crown Prosecutors to consider at all stages of a case whether there remains a realistic prospect of a conviction and only proceed if this test is met. After very careful consideration, taking into account this new evidence, we concluded that this was no longer the case and halted the prosecution.

"At the earliest possible opportunity we informed Mr Ruparelia's family and the court that the charge would be dropped. We also met Mr Ruparelia's family to explain our decision. 

"Mr Beresford was convicted of having an offensive weapon and received a conditional discharge and £775 costs.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Mr Ruparelia's family."