John Clifton Davies charged with the murder of Colette Davies in India

14/11/2011

John Clifton Davies has been charged with murder, following the death of 39 year old Colette Davies in India in 2004. Davies has also been charged with two counts of fraud.

The decision to charge follows close consultation between the Crown Prosecution Service and South Wales Police, who carried out a joint investigation with the Himachal Pradesh State Police in Northern India .

Felicity Galvin, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely alongside South Wales Police as their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Colette Davies' death in 2004 has progressed.

"We can now confirm that, having carefully examined a file of evidence provided by South Wales Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge John Clifton Davies with the murder of Colette Davies and that it is in the public interest to do so. Accordingly, we have advised South Wales Police to charge him with murder and also with two offences of fraud.

"Whilst the murder charge relates to an offence alleged to have been committed in India , the law of England and Wales allows for defendants who are British nationals to be tried in this country.

"John Clifton Davies now stands charged with extremely serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be published that could prejudice that trial.

"The defendant will appear at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on the morning of Monday 14 November."

South Wales Police's Senior investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mark Lewis, said: "I am extremely grateful to the Himachal Pradesh State Police for the support we have had in investigating this tragic death. I am also grateful to the public for their support. Although a person has been charged with murder, I repeat my earlier appeal for any information surrounding the circumstances of Colette Davies' death.

"Colette's family have been informed of this positive development and will continue to be supported by Family Liaison Officers."

Anyone with any information about the death of Colette Davies is asked to contact the South Wales Police Incident Room on 01639 889732 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.