Black schoolboy drowned in river after being pushed in as ‘fool prank’

A schoolboy died after he was pushed into a river and drowned in a “fool prank” – according to prosecutors who cleared a teen over his death.

Christopher Kapessa had been with a group of young people before he was pushed into the water and drowned in the River Cynon, near Mountain Ash, South Wales in July 2019.

But his family says they have been denied justice over the 13-year-old’s death because he is black.

On Monday Mirror mentioned that the Crown Prosecution Service announced no charges would be brought against a 14-year-old boy who shoved him in despite there being “sufficient evidence” for a manslaughter charge.

Jenny Hopkins, of the CPS appeals and reviews unit, said:

“Although there was evidence to support a prosecution for manslaughter it was not in the public interest to prosecute.

“Christopher’s tragic death occurred after a group of children went out to have fun by the river.

“The evidence showed that Christopher was pushed into the river as a foolish prank with nothing to suggest that the suspect intended to harm him, although that was the awful consequence.

“We recognise our decision will be upsetting for the family who may feel the suspect’s life has been prioritised over Christopher’s.

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