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CPS decides charges following death of Tyler Juett

27/10/2009

The Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit for the East Midlands has decided a man who stabbed two burglars he disturbed in his mother's home - one of them 17 year old Tyler Juett who later died from his injury - should be charged with murder and wounding with intent

Ian Cunningham, reviewing lawyer in the case, said: "I have considered very carefully the case against Omari Roberts and have decided that when he disturbed two burglars and caused injuries to them - in one case fatally - his actions were not reasonable and that he should face prosecution.

"Tyler Juett, and his 14 year old friend, were burgling the house when Omari Roberts, the son of the householder, came across them.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has a policy on householders and the use of force against intruders, which was considered in this case and I discussed the case with the CPS Principal Legal Adviser. Having looked at all the evidence, I have decided there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

"I have also looked very carefully at the public interest in this case and I am satisfied the public interest requires a prosecution.

"People are entitled to use reasonable force in self-defence to defend themselves, their family and their property. The CPS policy on householders makes clear that those who use reasonable force in defending themselves will enjoy the full protection of the law and have nothing to fear. However, it also makes clear that people could be prosecuted if they act with excessive and gratuitous force."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. For further information contact CPS Press Office, 020 7796 8180.
  2. The incident took place at about 1.30pm on 13 March 2009 at a house on the Heathfield Estate, Nottingham.
  3. The CPS policy on Householders and the use of force against intruders is on the CPS website at www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/householders.html
  4. The 14 year old pleaded guilty at Nottingham Youth Court on 14 May 2009 to burglary and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
  5. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). These are organised into 14 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
  6. 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: www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agencies/mediaprotocol.html