Man charged for causing violence and fear to Longparish (Hampshire) couple


Charges brought against man for harassing village couple.

Sue Owers, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Last night I authorised Hampshire Police to charge Christopher Robert Sims, 39, from Andover, with an offence of robbery, one charge of pursuing a course of conduct, which harassed two people and put them in fear of violence and one charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

"The allegations are that he committed a robbery on 28 August 2011, and stole the car of a 73-year-old man, in Odiham Warf (Hampshire).

"It is also alleged that  he harassed and put Graeme and Claire Francis, 60 and 58  from Longparish, (Hampshire) in fear of violence between the 1 December 2010 and 9 February 2012 and as well as assaulting Mr Francis with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on 8 February this year.

"I have carefully reviewed the file of evidence provided to me by the police and I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Christopher Robert Sims with these offences.

"This decision was made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Christopher Robert Sims appeared this morning at Winchester Crown Court where the charges were put to him. (The court eight acts as a magistrates court.)