Murdered 95-year-old: No charges

Hopes of a charge being brought in the case of a murdered 95-year-old man from north Norfolk were dashed today after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge any of the five people arrested in recent months.

Hopes of a charge being brought in the case of a murdered 95-year-old man from north Norfolk were dashed today after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge any of the five people arrested in recent months.

Ralph Platten died after being bundled to the floor and having his hip broken by intruders at his home at Sutton, near Stalham, more than a year ago. Mr Platten was robbed by a gang on January 3 last year and died from heart failure following an operation the following day.

A murder investigation was launched, led by Norfolk police's Major Investigation Team (MIT), and saw five men arrested in June and July last year in connection with Mr Platten's death. They were released on bail whilst enquiries continued.

A file of evidence was submitted to the CPS and following detailed discussions with police and forensic scientists, the CPS decided there was “insufficient evidence” to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Chris Hobley, a temporary Det Supt with the MIT, said: “This has been a complex and protracted enquiry resulting in members of the investigation team travelling to various parts of the country to gather evidence and arrest the persons suspected of involvement in Mr Platten's death.

“The outcome is disappointing but the decision of the CPS on the evidence available at this time is understood and accepted.”

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Det Supt Hobley said the case was not closed and if additional information came to light there was still the prospect of further action.

A member of Mr Platten's family made a statement via police and said: “We support the police and the decision that has been made.

“We are grateful for the support provided throughout the investigation by the police family liaison officers.”

t Anyone with information about Mr Platten's death should contact the MIT on 0845 4564567 or alternatively information can be passed through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.