Paul Fowkes, 20, was killed while trespassing on railway tracks near Fort Road, Tilbury, last July.This has been causing a lot of disruption on the c2c and other Essex lines, and I’m pretty sure I saw a recent report that indicated other counties had had similar incidents.
An inquest at County Hall in Chelmsford yesterday, heard how Mr Fowkes, of Kelvin Road, Tilbury, and his friend, Jay Cosans, 22, went to the railway line at around midnight to steal copper cables.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.There being no verdict of ‘fortunate criminal stupidity’.
Perhaps Starmer might like to look into that while he’s busy messing up our existing legislation?
Addressing the Fowkes family, Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said: “Paul was clearly a much-loved young man and I hope you will be able to dwell upon all the happy and positive memories of him you have.”“…and forget that he died not just a thief, but a clumsy and incompetent thief.”
Mr Cosans was taken to hospital and later arrested for attempted cable theft.I wonder what they gave him to do?
He pleaded guilty at Basildon Magistrates’ Court and was given a 12-month community order, as part of which he must complete 150 hours community service.