Police question suspect over London rail worker’s coronavirus death

Police have questioned a suspect over an incident in which a rail worker died of Covid-19 after being spat at by a man who said he had the coronavirus.

Belly Mujinga, 47, who worked in the ticket office at London’s Victoria station, was on the concourse in March when a man who claimed to have the virus spat at and coughed over her and a female colleague, her union said last week.

Both women fell ill within a few days and Mujinga, who had underlying respiratory problems, was later taken to hospital and put on a ventilator. She died on 5 April, 14 days after the incident.

British Transport police said detectives had now identified a 57-year-old man in connection with the alleged assault.

“He was interviewed under caution today, Sunday 17 May, at a London police station,” a spokeswoman said. “Detectives will continue to collate evidence and investigate the circumstances behind the incident. They are not looking to identify anyone further in relation to the incident.”

Boris Johnson told parliament on Wednesday that the death of Mujinga, who had an 11-year-old daughter, was tragic. “The fact she was abused for doing her job is utterly appalling,” he said.

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