The family of Arthur Hölscher-Ermert welcomes the news that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will be referring this case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charges against two Sussex Police Officers following his death.
Arthur Hölscher-Ermert, aged 27, was struck by an unmarked Sussex police car on the A259 South Coast Road, Peacehaven, East Sussex at around 11.10pm on Saturday 30 April 2022. A short time later he died at the scene.
The driver of the police vehicle has been under criminal investigation for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving and later for the offence of unlawful act manslaughter. The second officer has been under criminal investigation for the offence of perverting the course of justice.
In a joint statement, Arthur’s father, Professor Jens Hölscher and brother, Karl Hölscher-Ermert said:
It has been an agonising wait of 397 days for the IOPC to confirm today that they will be referring two Sussex Police Officers to the CPS for charging decisions. This is an important first step towards justice and accountability for Arthur. We hope the CPS reaches the right decision shortly. We miss Arthur every day.
Arthur’s family is represented by Partner Anna Thwaites and Associate Solicitor Emily-Jade Defriend of the Bindmans LLP Actions against Police and State team.