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Police face driver death charges
Robin Goodenough
Robin Goodenough stopped breathing after being arrested
Three police officers should face charges over the alleged manslaughter of a motorist, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided.

Robin Goodenough, 26, was pulled over in Oxford in September 2003 and wrongly detained for suspected car theft.

He stopped breathing at the scene and was later pronounced dead in the city's John Radcliffe Hospital.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the Thames Valley Police officers would face charges.

We're going to make a toast on Robin's grave in a minute and tell him the news
Thomas Goodenough
Jane Deighton, solicitor for the Goodenough family, announced the CPS had made its decision on Monday.

She said: "The Crown Prosecution Service announced today that there was sufficient evidence to prosecute three officers for the unlawful act of manslaughter and assault so it was advising the police to make the necessary arrangements to charge them."

Mr Goodenough's brother, Thomas, said the family were going to drink a toast at his grave to celebrate the news.

He said: "We're very relieved. The whole family are outside the house, the car horns are beeping - it's just mad.

"It's been a long time coming but it won't bring my brother back.

"We're going to make a toast on Robin's grave in a minute and tell him the news."

Mr Goodenough, 33, of Wantage, Oxfordshire, said his mother Glenys, 63, of Barton, Oxford, was particularly pleased.

Robin Goodenough was engaged at the time of his death and, on 27 February, his fiancÚ gave birth to his son, who is also named Robin.




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