Man charged over death of David Haw in Poole Harbour

A MAN has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after a death in Poole Harbour.

At 1.59am on Monday, May 2, Dorset Police received a report that 24-year-old David Haw from Sussex was missing in the harbour after a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) collided with a channel marker.

Extensive searches were carried out in the area, with police specialist dive teams supported by HM Coastguard, the RNLI and volunteers from DorSAR and Wessex Flood and Water Rescue Unit.

At 1.37pm on Saturday, May 14, it was reported a body had been found in the water in Poole Harbour. Following formal identification, it was found to be that of David Haw.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident was launched, with Dorset Police working alongside the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in accordance with established protocols.

Following detailed enquiries, a 21-year-old man from Southampton was arrested and has now been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Monday, June 19.

Detective Inspector Mark Jenkins, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have liaised with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised the charge in this case.

“The family of Mr Haw has been informed of this update and our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.

“This matter is now subject to a court process and it would therefore be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further at this time. It is important that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“I would like to remind the public that there should be no commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these proceedings.”