Belly Mujinga’s family demands the name of the man they say spit on her so they can sue him for assault
The family of a train ticket collector who died of Covid after being ‘spat on’ during his shift has demanded the name of the man they believe is responsible so they can sue him.
Belly Mujinga, 47, died in April two weeks after a man who claimed to have Covid-19 coughed and spat at the mother-of-one at Victoria Station in London, according to her family and colleagues.
British transport police used ticket records to track down and interview a 57-year-old man.
Belly Mujinga’s family, pictured with husband Lusamba Gode Katalay, have asked police for the name of the man they believe spit on her before she died of Covid in April 2020.
Chronology of Belly Mujinga’s death and the police investigation
- 21 MarchBelly Mujinga is reportedly spat on by a customer at London Victoria train station who claims to have ‘the virus’
- 21 March: Her colleague Motolani Sunmola reports the incident to their employer Govia Thameslink Railway
- March 25: The suspect is being tested for Covid-19, but the results confirm he was not infected
- April 2: Mrs. Mujinga is taken to hospital after becoming unwell
- April 5th: She dies in the hospital
- April 8: The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association tells GTR of an allegation of deliberate coughing
- May 12th: The TSSA claims that Ms. Mujinga was attacked by a man who deliberately coughed and spat at her, saying he “had the virus.”
- August 6: Crown Prosecution Service says insufficient evidence to file charges against anyone in connection with murder, sexual assault or public order violations
- 16 September: A report from GTR suggests that the alleged attack never took place because no complaints of spitting were filed by staff at the time and police ‘also concluded that no spitting incident occurred’
He denied spitting, saying he’d coughed, but not intentionally, and also insisted that he didn’t say he had the virus.
Lawyers for Belly Mujinga’s widower, Lusamba Katalay, have filed a complaint with the British Transport Police (BTP) after their requests for the man’s name were ignored, they say.
BTP investigated the incident after the death of the mother and questioned the 57-year-old man.
Police have obtained footage of the incident, which has not been released, and reportedly showed a man getting close to Ms. Mujinga before she walked away, but officers said the poor image quality was inconclusive.
Police concluded that there was “no evidence to support any criminal offenses.”
The CPS later reviewed the evidence and confirmed that there was ‘no reliable evidence’ available to change the decision.
But Lawrence Davies, of Equal Justice Solicitors, said they are “ concerned ” that the force will not release the name.
BTP has the discretion and is not obliged to disclose the name of any person being questioned in connection with a matter in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act.
But he added that there is an exception for attorneys seeking that information to bring a case to the civil courts.
A spokesman for the UK transport police said: “While our thoughts remain with Belly’s family and friends, it is not the job of the police to assist the public in their search for civil action.”
Andrew Walker, a senior coroner, is currently considering whether to open a judicial investigation into Ms. Mujinga’s death.
According to the Telegraph, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps told the family’s lawyers that he would “ await the coroner’s decision ” before heeding calls for a public inquiry into her death.
Mrs. Mujinga (left and right), a sales associate for Govia Thameslink Railway, suffered from sarcoidosis, which affected her throat and lungs, making it difficult for her to breathe
Mr Katalay said the hearing would give the family ‘concrete answers’, adding, ‘It will be good for me and my daughter, we will be able to have peace.’
Ms. Mujinga, a sales associate for Govia Thameslink Railway, suffered from sarcoidosis, which affected her throat and lungs, making it difficult for her to breathe.
She had been on duty in the Victoria Hall with her boyfriend and colleague Motolani Sunmola on March 21 when the alleged incident took place.
Mrs. Sunmola, 52, claimed they had been approached by a man who coughed on them and said, “You know I have the virus.”
In the days that followed, Mrs. Mujinga became very ill with Covid-19 symptoms and she was taken to hospital on April 2 before dying three days later.
Tomorrow at 11:22 a.m., the time that Ms Mujinga would have been attacked, a socially detached vigil will be held tomorrow at 11:22 a.m. to celebrate the first anniversary of her death.
Manuel Cortes, general secretary of Bella’s union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said: “ We ask people to take a moment to remember Belly Mujinga and think about all the front-line workers who died of the coronavirus during the pandemic. .
“There must be justice for Belly and our union will continue to demand it. This is vital not only for Belly’s family, but for all the transportation workers who have done so much to keep our country moving during this deadly pandemic.
“There really needs to be an inquest into her death so that any outstanding questions about this case can be answered.
This will help bring peace to Belly’s family and teach lessons on how to prevent things like this from happening in the future.
Belly’s death touched our entire commitment and far beyond. Public scrutiny is now needed to fully illuminate this tragic case. ‘