Jewish man facing manslaughter charge over migrant death
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Jewish man facing manslaughter charge over migrant death

Stamford Hill jeweller Abraham Reichman investigated after death of Eritrean in Calais

Migrants warm their hands at “the Jungle” camp in Calais
Migrants warm their hands at “the Jungle” camp in Calais

An Orthodox jeweller from Stamford Hill may face involuntary manslaughter charges after he killed an Eritrean migrant who had stepped out into the road in Calais.

Abraham Reichman, 35, was heading towards the Channel Tunnel after concluding a business trip when the Sunday night tragedy happened. The migrant is thought to have stepped out into the busy A16 with his wife, who suffered multiple broken limbs.

Reichman, who was travelling with his father Naftali, told police that although they pulled over onto the hard shoulder, they were forced to set off again, as other migrants approached.

“My son is traumatised, and so am I,” said Naftali. “It happened in a split second. It was dark and suddenly someone jumped on to our car. At the time we didn’t have clue what happened.”

Reichman drove straight to a police station, where he was interviewed twice over the next 24 hours, before being allowed to return to the UK. He is, however, still under investigation for causing the involuntary death of the man, who is believed to have come from the notorious camp known as ‘the Jungle,’ which is due to be demolished.

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