Case: Hit by a shopping trolley: Michael Buckley
Michael Buckley
Case unsolved
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Michael Buckley, 60, died three months after being hit by a shopping trolley in Bromley, south London.

He fell to the ground after an incident at The Glades centre at around 1pm on 22 December 2012.

Mr Buckley suffered a broken hip and wrist and was taken to hospital for treatment. Mr Buckley, from Forest Hill, died on 5 March 2013. 

A 30 year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of GBH on 26 December 2012 and released on bail. She was later re-arrested on suspicion of manslaughter on 26 March 2013. 

On 19 February 2014 detectives charged Melanie Buck, 32, of Chelford Road, Bromley, with manslaughter.

Buck went on trial at Croydon Crown Court on 7 April 2015. The prosecution claim Buck deliberately rammed Mr Buckley with her trolley, knocking him to the floor. 

Prosecutor David Howker QC said: “There was something of a gridlock in the aisle and the defendant could not get past him.

"There may have been a clash between his basket and her trolley and a few words exchanged, the upshot was Miss Buck probably out of a sense of frustration deliberately rammed Mr Buckley with her trolley.

“The effect of that was to knock him to the floor. Store assistants went to his aid and his first reaction, first spoken reaction, was to say to one of the assistants in store ‘she rammed me’.”

Buck claimed that she struck Mr Buckley by accident as she tried to get past him in the aisle.

On 14 April 2015 Buck was cleared of both manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

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