The family of a takeaway shop owner killed by a single punch in a Sheffield pub is pressing for a review of the case following an inquest.
“We believe that a failure to prosecute this case to trial represents a serious failure by the Crown Prosecution Service,” the family of Kamlesh Ruparelia said in a statement afterwards.
“His death has had a traumatic impact on the entire family,” they added.
Mr Ruparelia, aged 55, of Parkers Lane, Dore, died in hospital three days after being hit at The White Rose pub in Handsworth in 2010 .
Kieron Alexander Beresford, aged 38, of Darnall, was charged with manslaughter, but when he pleaded not guilty in court the CPS offered no evidence, which resulted in a not guilty verdict. Sheffield coroner Christopher Dorries agreed to resume the inquest following the court case.
Mr Dorries said: “Mr Beresford’s first interview with the police was an admission he had ‘snapped and lashed out’. It was only his later explanation that raised the matter of self-defence.
“He claimed he had only made the initial statement to stop Mr Ruparelia getting into trouble.”
Mr Dorries said he had been faced with a ‘dilemma’ due to legislation which prevents him from making findings inconsistent with earlier Crown Court proceedings.
Offering a narrative verdict he said: “Mr Ruparelia received a fatal injury as a consequence of a single punch to the head delivered with great force during or immediately after an altercation that was primarily between others over a racist remark.”
The family’s legal team at Wood’s Solicitors confirmed it will ask the CPS to review the case.