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Insufficient evidence for charges in Latvian man’s murder case

Six people who were on bail in connection with the murder investigation into the death of a Latvian man in Lincoln have been released without charge.

No further action will be taken against the five men, as Lincolnshire Police have insufficient evidence to prove the suspects caused the head injuries to the Latvian worker, which led to his death.

In July 2013, six people were arrested and bailed in Lincoln in connection with the murder of Vasilijs Ransevs, 33, who was found dead at his house on Portland Street in Lincoln on June 16.

They were five men aged 19, 20, 22, 29 and 31-years-old respectively, and a 17-year-old woman.

The six people returned for bail this week as part of the investigation, but they were released without charges.

Police said that following discussion with and advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) it has been decided that there is not enough evidence to be able to progress the case.

This is no longer a criminal investigation because it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of proving that any of the suspects were directly involved in causing the injuries to the deceased, which led to his death.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.  An inquest will be held at a future date.

DCI Helen Evans, Senior Investigating Officer in the enquiry, said: “The investigation into the death of Vasilijs Ransevs has been lengthy and complex.

“After being given advice from the CPS it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of proving that any of the suspects were directly involved in causing the injuries to the deceased, which led to his death.

“We want to reassure the public that we are satisfied that this case has been thoroughly and extensively investigated and that all those involved were known to one another, even if indirectly. This was an isolated and tragic incident.

“In due course we will be passing a file to the coroner and Mr Ransevs’ death will be subject to an inquest in the future.”