A frail man suffering from myalgic encephalopathy (ME) died after being punched in a supermarket by a stranger who had mistakenly identified him as a queue-jumper.
Kevin Tripp, 57, was hit with such ferocity at a Sainsbury’s store in South London that he collapsed unconscious to the floor and died in hospital.
Police said yesterday that Mr Tripp, who was 6ft but weighed only 9st after struggling with ME for 20 years, had been an innocent bystander.
It is alleged that a woman abused by a youth during the queue-jumping incident had telephoned her partner, who then went to the store, but mistakenly assaulted Mr Tripp. He hit his head as he fell.