A teenager is due to appear in court over the murder of a mother of three who died when a glass bottle was thrown into a crowded pub.It's difficult to see how his actions justify a charge of murder:
Neil McNulty, 19, is accused of killing Emma O'Kane, 27, who died in a "million-to-one tragedy" while celebrating the birthday of her fiance, Michael Shepherd.
McNulty, of Peel Lane, Heywood, is due to appear before Rochdale Magistrates' Court.Manslaughter, certainly. But murder....?
He is suspected of hurling the bottle after being refused entry to the Queen Anne Hotel in Heywood, Greater Manchester, shortly before 2am on Saturday.
The bottle shattered against a pillar and a shard of glass stuck in Ms O'Kane's neck, cutting her throat, according to a witness.
Even the police admit it can’t possibly have been his intent to kill:
"This was a million to one tragedy", a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.So what are the CPS playing at....?
"For a bottle to be thrown into the pub, to shatter against a pillar and for a shard of glass to fall from a height capable of causing a fatal injury is extremely rare, you couldn't recreate it."