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Murder investigation in Weymouth – two men charged

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Weymouth have charged two men with murder.

At 4.13pm on Saturday 4 April 2020 Dorset Police was called to a report of a possible assault at an address on Dorchester Road.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance service, and found a 32-year-old local man with a serious head injury. The victim – named by detectives as David Andrew Thomson – was taken to hospital for treatment.

Sadly, he died in hospital on the morning of Sunday 5 April 2020. His family is being supported by specially trained officers.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday 6 April 2020, which concluded that he died as a result of a head injury.

It was further reported that during the incident a woman aged in her 30s was assaulted. She did not sustain any injuries that required hospital treatment.

A full investigation was launched by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Today, Monday 6 April 2020, Mark Robert Bosworth, aged 47, and 40-year-old Daniel Michael Ribton, both from Weymouth, have been charged with murder and are due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 7 April 2020.

Daniel Ribton has also been charged with an offence of attempted grievous bodily harm.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the MCIT, said: “Following a fast moving and detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which authorised the charges.

“The family of David Thomson have been updated with this development and our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.

“It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“I would like to remind the public that this matter is now the subject of active court proceedings and the individuals charged in connection with this investigation have a right to a fair trial. It is important that there should be no commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these proceedings.”
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