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CPS authorise charges over boat death of fifteen-year-old girl


Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has today authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge two men in relation with the death of Emily Lewis, 15, who was in a boat which struck a buoy in Southampton Water on 22 August 2020. 

"Michael Lawrence, 54, who was driving the boat, has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter. 

"Michael Howley, 51, the owner of the company which operated the boat trip, has been charged with failing to take all reasonable steps to secure that the boat was operated in a safe manner. 

"The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against these defendants are active and that they have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice proceedings."

Notes to editors

  • Michael Lawrence (DOB: 25/06/1967] and Michael Howley [DOB: 12/11/1970] will appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on 2 February 2022.
  • The CPS Special Crime Division deals with the most complex and sensitive cases in England and Wales including disasters, serious criminal allegations against police officers, corporate manslaughter and election offences. 

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