Charging decision regarding Crowthorne stabbing incident

28/01/2010

Thames Valley Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no charges will be brought against a man who stabbed a youth who it is alleged assaulted his step son at his home in Crowthorne, Berkshire on 24 July 2009.

CPS Complex Casework lawyer Paul Harrison said, "I have considered the case against Colin Philpott very carefully and decided that there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any offence in relation to this incident.

"In making my decision, I took into account the level of force used by Mr Philpott, the fact that he was defending his family and property and responding to an immediate threat of danger to himself. In my view the prosecution would not be able to establish that Mr Philpott was not acting in self defence or that the force he used was unreasonable in the circumstances."

A 17-year-old youth from Sandhurst has been charged with actual bodily harm in relation to the alleged attack upon Mr Philpott's step son and criminal damage in relation to the alleged vandalism of his vehicles. He has been released on bail and is due to appear at Maidenhead Youth Court on 4 February 2010.

A 17-year-old youth has also been charged with a public order offence. He has been released on bail to appear at Maidenhead Youth Court on 4 February 2010.

The three other youths arrested in connection with the incident have been released without charge.