Two charged with slavery and fraud offences - Oxford

31/03/2015

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man and a woman with slavery and fraud offences.

Christopher Joyce, aged 81, and Mary Joyce, aged 59, both of Red Bridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, Oxford, have been charged with conspiracy to hold another person in slavery/servitude and conspiracy to require another person to perform forced/compulsory labour.  Both charges relate to offences against one victim, which occurred between 6 April 2010 and 9 February 2015 in Oxford or elsewhere.  They have also been charged with conspiracy to defraud, between 2 April 2002 and 9 February 2015.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Christopher Joyce and Mary Joyce.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the man and woman with conspiracy to hold another person in slavery/servitude, conspiracy to require another person to perform forced/compulsory labour and conspiracy to defraud.

"The slavery/forced labour charges are in relation to offences against one victim, which occurred between 6 April 2010 and 9 February 2015 in Oxford or elsewhere and the fraud offences occurred between 2 April 2002 and 9 February 2015.

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

Both Christopher Joyce and Mary Joyce have been remanded in police custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court today, Tuesday, 31 March 2015.

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