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CPS authorises man be charged with murder of Police Sergeant Matt Ratana

|News, Violent crime

Lisa Ramsarran, from the CPS, said:  “The Crown Prosecution  Service (CPS) has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Louis De Zoysa, 23, with murder, as well as possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a certificate. The charges are in relation to the fatal shooting of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana in Croydon on 25 September 2020.

“The CPS London Homicide Unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from the Metropolitan Police.

"The first appearance will take place on 30 June 2021 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Notes to editors

  • Louis De Zoysa (DOB 17/07/1997) from Banstead in Surrey is charged with:
    • One count of murder
    • One count of possession of a prohibited firearm, contrary to section 5 (1) (aba) of the Firearms Act 1968
    • One count of possession of ammunition without a certificate, contrary to section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968. 
  • Lisa Ramsarran is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London North.
  • The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.
  • The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

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