British 16-year-old in court over riot death
A 16-year-old youth was remanded in custody by a court Tuesday charged with murdering a pensioner during the London riots, one of five people killed during England's worst unrest for decades.
The teenager is charged over the death of Richard Bowes, 68, who was punched to the ground on August 8 in the west London suburb of Ealing, where several buildings were looted and cars torched.
He cannot be named due to British legal restrictions.
The youth's 31-year-old mother appeared alongside him in the dock before Croydon magistrates in south London charged with perverting the course of justice and was also denied bail.
The teenager, who stood in court wearing a black t-shirt with his arms crossed, was also charged with violent disorder and four counts of burglary related to looting during the riots.
District Judge Robert Hunter adjourned the youth's case to be heard by London's Central Criminal Court, or Old Bailey, on Thursday.
Pictures of Bowes lying in the street after the alleged attack shocked Britain. He spent several days on life support but died late Thursday.
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday unveiled plans for a major policy review to reverse the "slow-motion moral collapse" that he blames for four nights of looting, arson and violence in London and other major cities.
Three people appeared in court Monday over the murder of three men who were hit by a car while defending their neighbourhood against looters in Birmingham, Britain's second city, early last Wednesday.
Another three people have been arrested and bailed on suspicion of murder following the fatal shooting of a father-of-four in Croydon on August 8 after he rowed with a group of men involved in looting.
© 2011 AFP