Rogate death man will not be prosecuted

Police investigating the death of 46-year-old Lorraine (known as George) Head at Rogate earlier this year say there will be no charges brought against a man arrested shortly after her body was discovered.

A police spokesman said: “The 57-year old local man arrested shortly afterwards by police, and subsequently bailed, has now been stood down from police bail and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

“The police investigation is now closed and the matter will now be passed to the West Sussex Coroner for an inquest to be held.

“A full report of the circumstances surrounding the death of ‘George’ Head on June 4 was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August. They have considered the matter and concluded that there will be no charges brought in respect of her death.”

The announcement comes after a comprehensive investigation by the Major Crime Branch, which examined all the information and evidence surrounding George’s death.

The spokesman added: “The man who was arrested, and George’s relatives, have been informed of the outcome and we hope that this and the resulting inquest will help bring some closure for everyone involved.”

Police were called to Kings Head Mews at the back of the White Horse pub in Rogate at around 9.30pm on Friday, June 4.

They found George’s body at the bottom of the stairs with a head injury.

A post mortem at St Richard’s Hospital the following day, and later forensic tests, confirmed that death resulted from the head injury.

There were no other suspicious injuries to the body and no weapon was involved.

Lorraine was known to have been alive earlier in the evening and detectives think her death took place sometime within the three hours before she was found. There was no sign of forced entry and nothing was stolen.