Essex

Man guilty of attempted murder in Sible Hedingham raid

08/12/2016

Charlie Simms was today convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life following a break-in at a house in Sible Hedingham, Essex, in a case described by CPS East of England as "an unspeakably vicious attack".

Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Punam Malhan said: "The court heard a desperate 999 call from the homeowner, Timothy Mardon, who had locked himself in his bedroom having heard men breaking into his house at 4.30am on 6 February this year.

"While Mr Mardon was on the phone to the police, the sound of a shotgun being fired through the bedroom door was heard followed by Simms screaming demands for money and threats to kill.

"Mr Mardon was left with life changing injuries in an unspeakably vicious attack and I would like to praise him for his bravery in giving evidence against those responsible for the attack on him in his own home, the very place where he expected to be able to feel safe.

"The prosecution case was the defendants held the mistaken belief that they would find a significant amount of money in the house and the shotgun would be used to obtain it. Mr Mardon was shot at point blank range causing a severe injury to his leg and was left for dead."

Charlie Simms, 23, described in court as "the main mover and most brutal" of the raiders, denied attempted murder, aggravated burglary and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Kalebh Shreeve, 24, and Christopher Bergin, 28, denied aggravated burglary, wounding with intent, possessing a firearm and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Christopher Bergin admitted entering the house and committing the aggravated burglary with Simms, but he claimed to have been acting under duress from his co-defendant. The jury rejected his story and found him guilty of aggravated burglary, wounding with intent and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Kalebh Shreeve was found not guilty of all offences.

Ms Malhan said: "The events of that night and its aftermath will stay with Mr Mardon and his family for the rest of their lives. I hope the convictions today can go some way to reassuring them that justice has been done."

Sentencing has been adjourned until January 2017.