A MAN accused of killing a father-of-one in an attack in a Sheffield pub has had the case against him dropped - after lawyers decided it could not be proved he was not acting in self-defence.
Kieran Alexander Beresford, aged 37, of Prince of Wales Road, Darnall, was charged last November with the manslaughter of 55-year-old Kamlesh Ruparelia.
Mr Ruparelia died after being assaulted in The White Rose pub, Handsworth Road, Handsworth, in October.
The dad-of-one, of Parkers Lane, Dore, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital where he died four days later.
He ran Kam ‘n’ Sams Indian takeaway and his family own Rupco store on the same parade of shops on the Manor.
Mr Ruparelia’s family, including his only son, were informed of the decision to drop the case against Mr Beresford and have met Crown Prosecution Service representatives.
Detectives who carried out the investigation have also been informed.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: “Initially, the decision to charge was taken on the ‘threshold’ evidential test which requires the CPS to decide on the basis of statements from only key witnesses in the case whether there is a reasonable suspicion the suspect had committed an offence and, if so, whether it is in the public interest to charge.
“When the full file arrived from the police, the lawyer was able to read the evidence from all the witnesses in the pub and to understand the totality of the incident.
“At this stage, in order for a prosecution to go ahead the lawyer must be satisfied there is a realistic prospect of conviction. On this basis, we must consider all possible lines of defence.
“The lawyer rightly concluded we could not prove beyond reasonable doubt the defendant did not strike out in self-defence.
“On this basis, a prosecution cannot go ahead.”
She said the meeting between the CPS and Mr Ruparelia’s family allowed them the “opportunity to speak to the lawyer who made the decision and hear a full explanation of how this decision was reached”.