It's been a long wait since we first heard that someone was to be tried for the manslaughter of Charles Cox. Charles was assaulted - we now know - in November 2007 and died in July 2009. Jeremy Aylmer was, today, acquitted of Charles' manslaughter. The accusation was that he had "pole-axed" Charles with a single punch. Mr. Aylmer's defence was that Charles had been the aggressor - an unlikely scenario but one that the jury evidently agreed with although there is a further aspect to the defence that implied that Charles did not die from the punch but from the tube that he was being fed with (which, of course, he wouldn't have needed had he not been punched).
A City trader has been cleared of killing a company vice-president in an alcohol-fuelled row over a woman.
Jeremy Aylmer, 36, held his head in his hands after being acquitted of manslaughter at Inner London crown court. He was accused of “pole-axing” IT executive Charles Cox, 56, with a single “vicious” punch outside Floridita, in Wardour Street, in November 2007.
Mr Cox, of South Kensington, a member of the CBI and the Institute of Policy Studies, fell backwards, hitting his head on the pavement and suffering a fractured skull.
Mr Aylmer insisted the older man was the “aggressor” who pushed him, shouting “f**k off, f**k off”, causing the petroleum trader to retaliate with a punch.
Andrew Campbell-Tiech, QC, defending, suggested Mr Cox's death could have been caused by the naso-gastric tube he was being fed with. Jurors heard Mr Cox was married but separated from his wife, and worked for Hewlett Packard-owned EDS.
The full story is in today's London Evening Standard.
I believe in our justice system. But that doesn't mean that I am not incredibly saddened to see it work in this way - plainly a punch was thrown and it resulted in Charles fracturing his skull and, much later, despite the care of multiple hospitals, his death. QED.