CPS authorises Police to charge two individuals following the finding of remains of body

24/04/2009

Thames Valley Crown Prosecution Service Complex Casework Unit has authorised Hertfordshire Police to charge Stephen Marshall and Sarah Bush with the murder of Jeffrey Howe following remains of his body parts being found in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire

Denis Burke, reviewing lawyer for CPS Thames Valley Complex Casework Unit said:

"I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Stephen Marshall and Sarah Bush with the murder of Jeffrey Howe, following a thorough investigation conducted by Hertfordshire Police."

They will appear at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on Saturday 25 April 2009.

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Notes To Editors

1. For further information contact Marie-Dominique Meunier, CPS Press Office, 020 7796 8105.

2. The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:

  • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
  • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Presenting cases at court

3. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk

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