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Nick Parker and Michael Ankers to be charged over alleged stolen mobile phone


Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Nick Parker with one offence of receiving stolen goods and one offence of unauthorised access to computer material.

"We have also authorised the police to charge Michael Ankers, 29, from South West London, with theft.

"Both individuals will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 6 November 2013.

"When considering the file of evidence in this case, the CPS also decided there was insufficient evidence to charge one other suspect in relation to these allegations.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Nick Parker and Michael Ankers will now be commenced and that they have a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

The full charges are as follows:

Nick Parker is charged as follows:

  • Between 17/10/10 and 21/10/10 Nick Parker dishonestly received stolen goods, namely a mobile phone belonging to Siobhain McDonagh.

Contrary to section 22 Theft Act 1968.

  • Between 17/10/10 and 21/10/10 Nick Parker, caused a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorised access to a program or data held in a computer, knowing that such access was unauthorised.
  • Contrary to section 1 Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Michael Ankers is charged as follows:

  • On or around 17 October 2010 Michael Ankers stole a mobile telephone belonging to Siobhain McDonagh.

Contrary to section 1(1) Theft Act 1968.


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