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River death case 'must re-open'

Jack Macleod
Jack McLeod: His body was found in the River Leam

An MP has called on police to restart the inquiry into a Warwickshire teenager's death after a man was cleared of manslaughter.

Mark Hoolichan, 21, of Wolverhampton, was cleared of killing Jack MacLeod, 17, after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence.

Jack's body was found in the River Leam in Leamington Spa in 2006.

James Plaskitt, MP for Warwick and Leamington, said he would write to the chief constable of Warwickshire Police.

Jack's body was found weeks after he had gone missing following a night out drinking with Mr Hoolichan.

'Must be re-opened'

The prosecution at Birmingham Crown Court had claimed Mr Hoolichan had attacked Jack in an outburst of temper.

But this had not been backed up by enough evidence, the judge ruled.

Mr Plaskitt said: "It's a very important case and all of us in Leamington are following it very, very closely.

"This has to be resolved for Jack's sake and for the family's sake.

"The case must be re-opened and if necessary even started from scratch again even if that means another incredibly long wait for the family.

"But ultimately we all want to see someone who is responsible here brought to justice."

Warwickshire Police said in a statement after the trial it was considering its next step.



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