Married top policeman ‘stalked his mistress and tried to kill himself after she dumped him by text while he was visiting his sick mother’
- Nick Harverson allegedly launched a campaign of revenge against Charlotte Roberts
- Harverson, of Cassington, Oxon is ex-Thames Valley Police Head of Corporate Support
- He sent ‘nasty’ letter, turned up at Ms Roberts’s home, and bombarded her with WhatsApp messages, the prosecution allege
- Ms Roberts dumped him via text message while he was visiting his mother, who had cancer, in Devon, court heard
Ex-Thames Valley Police Head of Corporate Support Nick Harverson (pictured)
A former top policeman tried to kill himself after his former lover ended their steamy 18-month affair via text message while he was visiting his sick mother, a court heard today.
Married Nick Harverson is said to have stalked and launched a campaign of revenge against Charlotte Roberts after their secret relationship broke down.
The former Thames Valley Police Head of Corporate Support sent a ‘nasty’ letter, turned up at her home, bombarded her with WhatsApp messages and waited for her as she drove home, the prosecution allege.
Ms Roberts, who is the executive assistant to Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, claimed she made it clear she wanted only a friendship after Harverson failed to leave his wife.
But the 58-year-old refused to ‘take no for an answer’, repeatedly hounding her to take him back or making threats, she said.
Giving evidence at Oxford Magistrates’ Court she said: ‘I just wanted it all to stop and go away. I wanted Nick to leave me alone. I did not want any more messages. I just wanted time out on my own.’
Ms Roberts told the court she confided in Harverson, of Cassington, Oxfordshire, while at work when her marriage ended in 2015, beginning their affair later that year.
But she said she decided to call things off after his wife confronted her about their fling, leaving her former lover ‘devastated’ last October.
Today the court heard that Ms Roberts dumped him via text message while he was visiting his mother, who had cancer, in Devon.
‘I was under a lot of stress from work, I was signed off, I was trying to deal with a divorce at the time,’ he said. ‘I almost had a breakdown. Being a single mother I had to deal with my children’s needs first.’
‘I needed time on my own, I needed to sort myself out,’ she added.
The following month she felt ‘very distressed’ when Harverson sent her a menacing letter, dubbing her an ‘evil person’.
He also threatened to give evidence supporting colleague Paul Hammond – the chief executive of the PCC’s office, who was suspected of harassing Ms Roberts after discovering the couple’s affair.
However, she admitted that her feelings for her lover had not changed and after ‘a few too many proseccos’ with her childhood friends from Hampshire, she sent him a heart emoji a few days later on.
Married Nick Harverson is said to have stalked and launched a campaign of revenge against Charlotte Roberts after their secret relationship broke down, Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard
‘I sent him a heart because I still cared but I just couldn’t be with him,’ she said. ‘You don’t stop caring for a person just like that.’
She added: ‘I just wanted to be friends but he didn’t want that.’
She later clarified: ‘I had had a few too many proseccos that evening so I shouldn’t have sent that heart. But I do send a lot of emojis, hearts and things, to people.
‘I just wanted to be friends. I knew I had hurt him by breaking up with him but I still wanted to be friends. But he didn’t want that.’
Mr Hammond became ‘jealous’, making life difficult for eight months after his advances were rejected, Ms Roberts claimed.
The mother-of-two added: ‘I just couldn’t believe that after pouring my heart out to [Harverson] about what I went through at work, that he was now going to defend him. I just felt it was a revenge attack.
‘I’m such a down-to-earth person that I don’t have an evil bone in my body.’
The court was told Harverson would transfer £100 each month to his mistress, and would hand her cash to go out with her friends or for taxis.
Ms Roberts said: ‘I did not really need the money but he gifted that and that’s what made him happy.’
After he returned from Devon, she felt she ‘owed him an explanation’ after giving him the elbow over text messages so wanted to meet him face-to-face to explain herself properly.
‘As far as I was concerned, I ended the relationship, he didn’t want to be friends, that was it,’ she said. ‘I didn’t want him coming round to my house anymore, that’s why I spoke to the detective.
‘I just wanted him to stay away from me. I didn’t want him to try and break into my apartment again. I was scared.’
Despite blocking his number, which restricted their contact, she stopped to see him in his ‘sexy’ leathers a few days after he tried to kill himself, when she spotted him in a car park from her own vehicle.
‘I just needed to know from him,’ she said. ‘I needed to hear it from him that he didn’t [try to kill himself] because we stopped seeing each other.’
Harverson, who was the head of corporate support at the force, denies stalking without causing fear or alarm or distress between November 16 and December 22 last year.
The trial continues at Oxford Magistrates Court and the case was set to overrun and will be heard again on June 8.