Jenny Wiltshire in the Guardian on problem of proving ‘causation’

12 May 2020

Head of Serious and General Crime Jenny Wiltshire has been quoted in the Guardian commenting on some of the issues raised by the case of Belly Mujinga, who died of Coronavirus after being spat on while at work as a railway ticket officer.

Asked about the prospects of any criminal conviction, Jenny explains that the actions alleged could, potentially, lead to a charge of attempted GBH. But she pointed out that proving causation could be difficult.

“Even if the police, having found the suspect, could establish he had tested positive for Covid-19 at the time of the assault, it would still be difficult to prove to the criminal standard that he caused this woman’s tragic death. This is primarily because she could have caught it from any number of other sources”, Jenny tells the newspaper.

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