Who was Marcel Wochna? Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Died after jumping into river


Marcel Wochna Wiki – Marcel Wochna Biography

Marcel Wochna found dead in the River Itchen had jumped from a boat into the water as police tried to handcuff him, an inquest jury was told.

Marcel Wochna’s body was found in the River Itchen near Smiths Quay on the afternoon of 9 November 2021. Winchester Coroner’s Court was told today that the 15-year-old had been with a friend on the night of November 7 when they went out to smoke cannabis. Speaking at the inquest into Marcel’s death, the friend, who cannot be named because of his age, said the couple had walked to Cobden Bridge that night. He said they then boarded a wooden boat, crossed the river and after dismounting, headed to the marina where other boats were located. The teen said they were “just laughing” and were curious to see what was on (the boats). The friend said he saw people standing on a balcony talking on the phone and decided to sit down because “they didn’t want anyone to see us.” But after seeing the flashlights and feeling the boat “rocking,” Marcel told his friend, “If they’re federal, I’ll have to jump in the water and escape.”

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Marcel Wochna was 15 years old.

Southampton boy jumped into River Itchen to avoid arrest

The boy said he then saw police “screaming,” and one of the two officers grabbed him under the arms and pulled him off the boat. Marcel remained on the boat, the friend said, while an officer “grabbed” his arm. A jury heard how the officer asked Marcel to put his hand behind his back so he could handcuff him. But he said, “I can’t let my mother see me like this again” and refused to cooperate. His friend told the inquest that Marcel was grounded at the time and that they had both run away. Presenting his testimony today, the teenager added: “He jumped into the water. I only remember splashing and gasping.” “I only remember that (the police) walked me out, and after that the two officers.” He added that he could see Marcel’s head “moving up and down about five meters away before he was taken to a police car and searched”. However, he couldn’t turn to see Marcel after this and only heard splashing. “As soon as I heard the splash, I was shocked at how cold the water was,” he told the inquest. The police then called more officers. The incident took place at Cobden Bridge Marina on the night of November 7, 2021. Marcel’s body was discovered upriver more than 24 hours later and was identified by his mother. He lived at home with his mother in Northcote Road, Southampton. A pathologist later concluded that Marcel had drowned and an investigation was opened on November 24, 2021. The inquest will last seven days at Winchester Coroner’s Court.

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