Two men charged in connection with missing person enquiry - Aylesbury

17/01/2013

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge two men in connection with the disappearance of Patricia Goodband from Woodham, Aylesbury.

Christopher Symons, aged 63, of Thackeray End, Aylesbury, has been charged with one count of murder. Robert Taft, aged 59, of Kings Close, Westcott, Aylesbury, has been charged with one count of perverting the course of justice.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, 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 Symons and Robert Taft.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised Thames Valley Police to charge Christopher Symons with murder, and Robert Taft with perverting the course of justice.

"The charges relate to the disappearance of Patricia, aged 76, who has not been since Saturday, 22 December 2012, and was reported missing by her daughter on Wednesday, 09 January 2013.

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

Both men have been remanded in custody to appear before Aylesbury Magistrates' Court this morning, Thursday, 17 January 2013.