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No further action over death of rail worker from coronavirus after ‘spitting attack’

British Transport Police (BTP) say no further action will be taken after a train ticket collector who was allegedly spat at died with coronavirus.

The force said it had interviewed a man and established that the death of Belly Mujinga “was not a consequence” of such an incident.

“There is no evidence to substantiate any criminal offences having taken place,” officers added.

Belly Mujinga and Ingrid
Belly Mujinga and her daughter Ingrid

Ms Mujinga was working on the concourse at London’s Victoria Station when a member of the public claiming to have coronavirus allegedly assaulted her and a colleague on 21 March.

The 47-year-old, who had an 11-year-old daughter, died in hospital in Barnet on 5 April – and more than £43,000 has been donated to a fundraising page since her death.

BTP said they had “conducted extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances of what happened on 21 March”, including detectives “reviewing CCTV footage of the incident and speaking to key witnesses”.

The force continued: “Following a review of all the information, senior detectives have concluded that there is no evidence to substantiate any criminal offences having taken place, and that the tragic death of Belly Mujinga was not a consequence of this incident.

“As a result, the matter will not be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.”

There will be no further action against a 57-year-old man from London who was interviewed.

Belly Mujinga and Lusamba Gode Katalay
Belly Mujinga with her husband Lusamba Gode Katalay

Ms Mujinga’s family have been told about the result of the investigation and will continue to be supported by specialist officers, BTP said.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn said: “I know the loss of Belly has moved so many people, and I can assure you we have done everything we can to provide answers for her family.

“As a result of our enquiries, we can now be confident that this incident did not lead to Belly’s tragic death.

“Our thoughts remain with her family and we will continue to support them as they come to terms with the loss of their much-loved mother and wife.”

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