Unlawful death file passed to CPS

A FILE which could re-open an investigation into a 23-year-old man’s death has been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Lincolnshire Police has been re-examining evidence after an inquest found William Pleasants, of Barrington, was unlawfully killed.

He travelled to Lincoln for his girlfriend’s 21st birthday, was kicked out of a nightclub in the early hours of October 4, 2008, was restrained by door staff and stopped breathing.

Mr Pleasants was under the influence of several drugs, including ketamine and died in hospital three days later.

A spokesman for the force said: “I have checked with the officer and we have submitted a file to CPS and it is sitting with them. They will decide if any further action should be taken.”

Six members of door staff at The Engine Shed nightclub were originally arrested on suspicion of assault, then manslaughter. No charges were eventually brought.

At the inquest, held in November last year, a jury of three men and eight women returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

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Speaking at the time Supt Rick Hatton said: “In the light of the evidence heard at the inquest we will now be reviewing the case.”

The CPS was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.