Man accused of murdering brother released

THE son of a village doctor who was arrested on suspicion of killing his brother has been released without charge, police confirmed last night.

Danielle Nuttall

THE son of a village doctor who was arrested on suspicion of killing his brother has been released without charge, police confirmed last night.

Andrew Child, 27, died at his family home in Great Oakley, near Harwich, on Friday, June 20.

His older brother Adam, 33, was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but Essex Police confirmed last night no charges would be brought against him.


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A spokesman for the force said: “Essex Police have received formal notification from the Crown Prosecution Service that no charges will be brought against a 33-year-old man from Harwich in relation to the death of 27-year-old Andrew Child, of Bullfinch Close, Harwich, who died at an address in Harwich Road in Great Oakley on Friday, June 20.

“The man has been released from his bail and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

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The death of Mr Child came as another tragedy for the men's father, Dr Stuart Child, a respected community GP, who is in mourning for his 58-year-old wife Angela, who died of breast cancer in April this year.

Andrew Child, a financial consultant, lived at an address in Bullfinch Close, Harwich. A post mortem examination found the preliminary cause of death to be asphyxiation.

Dr Child's late wife worked as her husband's receptionist at the surgery, and is thought to have been diagnosed with breast cancer at Christmas time. Despite having chemotherapy she died on April 5 this year.

Dr Child, who also has a surgery in nearby Dovercourt, is thought to have three sons and a daughter.

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