British 16-year-old in court over riot death

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A 16-year-old youth was remanded in custody by a court Tuesday charged with murdering a pensioner during the London riots, one of five people killed during England’s worst unrest for decades. The teenager is charged over the death of Richard Bowes, 68, who was punched to the ground on August 8 in the west London suburb of Ealing, where several buildings were looted and cars torched. He cannot be named due to British legal restrictions. The youth’s 31-year-old mother appeared alongside him in the dock before Croydon magistrates in south London charged with perverting the course of justice and was also denied bail. The teenager was also charged with violent disorder.