Thank you to everyone who has emailed me to outline their concerns about the tragic death of Belly Mujinga. I will reply to everyone in due course, but I have received well over 1000 emails about this and related concerns and wanted to get my reply out to constituents as soon as possible.
As you will be aware, Ms Mujinga, who worked at London Victoria, died after contracting Covid-19, having fallen ill days after it was alleged that a man who said he had Covid-19 coughed and spat on her at work.
British Transport Police (BTP) carried out an investigation but took no further action as they did not find CCTV evidence that Ms Mujinga had been coughed or spat on.
In a statement released on Friday, the BTP further clarified that:
“Following a review of all the information available, including CCTV images, witness statements and explanations given in interviews, senior detectives concluded that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate that any criminal offences had taken place and that the death of Mrs Mujinga did not occur as a consequence of that incident.
“BTP considered a range of potential criminal offences that might have been committed. Where there is evidence of someone deliberately spitting at another person this might constitute Common Assault or a Public Order offence. In order to consider whether any actions contributed to Mrs Mujinga contracting coronavirus and her subsequent tragic passing, it would be necessary to first have evidence of spitting or another action that might lead to infection, and therefore have a direct causal link.”
I know that this decision has sparked a lot of anger, not least for Ms Mujinga’s family and friends.
I was pleased to see reported over the weekend that the Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to review the case in recognition of the wider public interest, although BTP stated that the case is not being reopened.
I have written to both Govia Thameslink (Ms Mujinga’s employer) and BTP about the case and to outline the strength of feeling among my constituents. I will post their responses on my website when I receive them.
I know that many of you will also have wider concerns about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement, so you may be interested to read this response.