Man charged with attempted murder - St Albans

14/09/2016

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge a man with the attempted murder of a man in St Albans.

Craig Sutherland, aged 39, of Townsend Avenue, St Albans, was charged early this morning Wednesday, 14 September 2016, with attempted murder.

The charge is in connection with a disturbance, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning, Tuesday, 13 September 2016, in a flat in Townsend Avenue, St Albans during which a 45-year-old man sustained stab wounds.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Craig Sutherland.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit to charge Craig Sutherland with attempted murder.

"The charge is in connection with a disturbance, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning, Tuesday, 13 September 2016, in a flat in Townsend Avenue, St Albans during which a 45-year-old man sustained stab wounds.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Sutherland was remanded in police custody and appeared at Hatfield Remand Court this morning, Wednesday, 14 September 2016, where he was further remanded to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, 14 October 2016.

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