Death of Hong Kong spy suspect Matthew Trickett deemed non-suspicious by police

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25th May 2024 – (London) The untimely death of Matthew Trickett, a former Royal Marine and Home Office immigration officer, is not being treated as suspicious, according to authorities. Trickett, aged 37, was recently charged under the National Security Act and had appeared in court just last week. He was discovered deceased in a park in Maidenhead, Berkshire, on Sunday by a member of the public.

During a hearing at the Old Bailey, it was revealed that the case against Trickett would be formally discontinued, while his two co-defendants, Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, aged 38, and Chung Biu (Billy) Yuen, aged 63, could potentially face trial in February. The accused individuals were granted conditional bail following a brief court appearance. They stand accused of collaborating with Trickett to act on behalf of the Hong Kong intelligence service and engaging in foreign interference by conducting a break-in at a UK property on May 1st.

Thames Valley Police stated that a post-mortem examination revealed no suspicious cause of death. The family of Mr. Trickett is receiving support from specialist officers, and their privacy is requested to be respected during this difficult time.

Matthew Trickett, who served in the Royal Marines for six years and was also the director of the security firm MTR Consultancy, leaves behind grieving family members. As the case unfolds, Chinese officials in Hong Kong have accused UK authorities of fabricating charges and interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs. The UK government has refrained from commenting on the ongoing criminal investigation.