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CPS statement following Birmingham city stabbings on 6 September 2020

|News, Violent crime

The CPS has charged a man with murder and seven counts of attempted murder following stabbings in Birmingham city centre on Sunday.

Suzanne Llewellyn, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS West Midlands, said: “Following an incident in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of 6 September 2020, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Zephaniah McLeod, 27, with one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

"This decision was made following careful consideration of the evidence presented to us by West Midlands Police as a result of their ongoing investigation.

"Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of the victims affected in this incident."

Notes to editors

  • Zephaniah McLeod, aged 27, of Nately Grove, Selly Oak, Birmingham, has been charged with one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder and is expected to appear in Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 9 September 20
  • Suzanne Llewellyn is the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor responsible for CPS West Midlands Complex Casework and Crown Court Unit.

The role of the CPS

Any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct; the CPS makes decisions only according to the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and it is applied in all decisions on whether or not to prosecute.

It is not the function of the CPS 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 the 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. This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the present police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.

CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.

 

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