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Detectives commended for manslaughter inquiry
11:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
Four police officers involved in the re-opened investigation into the death of Trowbridge builder Adrian Cooksey have been given commendations by Wiltshire Police.
Mr Cooksey was assaulted in Melksham, in March 2009, and later died of his injuries at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
Science student Thomas Minshull was charged with manslaughter, but acquitted in November 2009.
After the case re-opened as Operation Mulberry, Mr Cooksey’s childhood friend, Richard Elmes, was convicted of manslaughter in 2012.
Four members of the Mulberry team were honoured with commendations by Chief Constable Patrick Geenty at the Wiltshire Police Force Awards on Tuesday in Devizes.
Their citation said: “The officers initially encountered hostility towards the police, as a result of the previous acquittal, and had to work really hard to piece together the case, with minimal evidence, witnesses or forensic opportunities.
“The team overcame the challenges and secured the conviction of the right offender, restoring confidence from the family and the public.”
The officers were DC Sarah Clarke, DS Ian Moxham, DC David Ridler, left in the picture, and Det Chief Insp Ian Saunders, right.
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