Torquay man charged with manslaughter


A Torquay man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a man at a holiday park in Dorset at the weekend.

Police were called to Sandford Holiday Park on Saturday, 5th March at around  2.20 am following reports of a serious assault.

The victim, named locally as David ‘Chewie’ Coxon was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation was subsequently launched by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Jason James, 41 from Torquay, has been charged with manslaughter. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Monday 7 March 2016.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of manslaughter.

“Family liaison officers have updated the victim’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park, who are yet to speak with police, to contact us urgently.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 5:40

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