London Police drops charges on a man who spat at a Congolese train worker and dies of coronavirus
Police found no evidence that a London Victoria station worker was spat at before her death from coronavirus, they have clarified.
Belly Mujinga, 47, died in April after being hospitalised with Covid-19, following an alleged incident on the station concourse involving a member of the public.
Ms Mujinga’s union the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said a person claiming to have the virus spat and coughed at her and a colleague back in March.
British Transport Police(BTP), interviewed a 57-year-old man in the wake of Ms Mujinga’s death, but announced on Friday they would not be taking any further action.
The force said there was no evidence of anyone spitting in a new statement released on Saturday.It read: “We understand that the tragic death of Belly Mujinga has shocked many people and that the outcome of our investigation has raised questions.
“We want to be clear on why we decided not to take any further action – based on key witness statements and having reviewed the CCTV footage, there is no evidence of anyone spitting in this incident.
“Senior detectives are confident that this incident did not lead to Belly Mujinga contracting Covid-19. This is because the man in the CCTV footage who detectives interviewed as part of the investigation had a negative antibody test result for Covid-19 in the time after the incident, therefore showing that he had never had the illness.
“The man’s test did not relate to the BTP investigation – he was tested as part of his occupation and the test results were shared with us during the investigation
“Having reviewed all the evidence, senior detectives are satisfied that the incident didn’t lead to Belly Mujinga’s death.
“We have kept Belly’s family fully informed throughout the investigation and they will continue to be supported by specialist officers.
“Our thoughts remain with her family and we will continue to support them as they come to terms with the loss of their much-loved mother and wife.”