Stab evidence to be examined

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LAWYERS for the Crown Prosecution Service will look again at the case of a man stabbed to death.

Daniel Riviere was killed in Union Street, Kettering, in 2009 during a fight over drugs. He was dropped off at Kettering General Hospital where he later died.

Investigators had made several arrests but no charges had ever been laid.

Now, following an inquest into Mr Riviere’s death earlier this week, the CPS has revealed it will examine evidence put before the coroner.

The inquest heard how two men, Terry Reid and Kieran Nolan, had both been blamed for stabbing Mr Riviere in the back while he scuffled with James Demaio in the living room of Mr Demaio’s house.

Mr Riviere had gone there to buy cannabis.

At the inquest, it was suggested that Mr Reid had later boasted of being responsible on the microphone of a karaoke machine at a party.

But Mr Reid blamed Kieran Nolan for the crime, saying he had seen Mr Nolan stick the knife into Mr Riviere’s back.

Mr Riviere’s mother Connie Stone said at the inquest that she was angry that no-one had been brought to justice.

She said: “I think more could have been done by the police and the CPS in bringing the offenders to justice.”

If coroner Anne Pember had recorded a verdict of unlawful killing the CPS would have been obligated to review the case.

Instead she gave a narrative verdict, saying that Mr Riviere was involved in an altercation with another and assaulted him with a weapon before he was fatally stabbed by a third person.

A CPS spokesman said: “We will consider the case in the light of the coroner’s narrative verdict.

“If any new evidence has emerged during the course of the inquest, we will examine this, along with the evidence reviewed at the time.”