Death of Christopher KAPESSA
South Wales Police are investigating the death of Christopher KAPESSA in Mountain Ash on 1st July 2019
Details of Incident
South Wales Police’s investigation to establish exactly what happened in the moments leading up to Christopher Kapessa’s tragic death is continuing.
Christopher died following an incident in a stretch of the River Cynon between Mountain Ash and Cwmbach on Monday 1st July.
Emergency services were called to the river at 5.40pm and following an extensive search Christopher was pulled from the water but was later pronounced deceased at Prince Charles Hospital.
It is a complex and sensitive investigation which is being investigated by South Wales Police’s Major Crime Investigation team.
Chief Superintendent Dorian Lloyd, said: “This has been a challenging investigation - based on an early assessment of the evidence which has been meticulously gathered, and following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, it is appropriate now for the investigation to be taken forward by the Major Crime Investigation Team.
“We are continuing to support Christopher’s family at this difficult time and are working closely with partners to ensure that support is also in place for all those young individuals who have been deeply traumatised by recent events.
He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the local community which has come together to show tremendous spirit in the face of this tragedy as they mourn the death of young Christopher who was very much part of their community”.
The family are being given support from a specially trained family liaison officer.
A teenage boy has voluntarily attended a police station to assist police with enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police via the Submit Information button below or information can be submitted anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.