London Youth, 16, Charged With Murder After Riots

68-year-old man was beaten while trying to put out fire
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2011 1:15 PM CDT
London Youth, 16, Charged With Murder After Riots
The victim, Richard Mannington Bowes.   (AP Photo / Metropolitan Police, HO)

A 16-year-old was charged today in the murder of a retiree who tried to put out a fire during the London riots. Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, was trying to douse flames in a bin near his house when a group of rioters surrounded him, according to video footage viewed by police. He fell to the ground after being punched in the head and never regained consciousness, reports the Telegraph. The teen's mother faces obstruction of justice charges, notes AP. They are two of about 1,200 charged so far with riot-related offenses. (Read more London riots stories.)

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