BBC Wales Investigates programme following the death of Christopher Kapessa - South Wales Police statement
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Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Gilmer said:
“Christopher Kapessa’s death was a tragedy and we acknowledge that the pain and grief of that continues to this day. We also understand that Christopher’s family are deeply unhappy with elements of the initial investigation into the circumstances of his death.
“Our Major Crime Investigations Team fully investigated and obtained accounts from all of those present at the time of his death. A file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.
“Two matters are currently ongoing which affect our ability to participate at this stage with the BBC Wales Investigates programme. They are the complaint against police and the Judicial Review challenge of the CPS decision.
“Due to concerns raised by Christopher’s family, South Wales Police referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who have examined the initial response and investigation into Christopher’s death. We welcome and value such scrutiny.
“In addition, we are aware that the family continues to challenge the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute any person in connection with Christopher’s death. This is their right to do so and we await the outcome of this challenge. That legal process is independent of South Wales Police.
“Both matters outlined above, prevent us from commenting on specific details which are subject of examination by the IOPC or legal proceedings before the courts.
“We await the IOPC’s findings and remain committed to implementing any opportunities for learning arising from their examination. Christopher’s death shocked and affected many people in the local community and we continue to work closely with support agencies to ensure the right help is there for all those that need it.”