Businessman Charged with Horse Neglect Now Accused of Punching Hunter in Face
LONDONDERRY — A land developer and co-owner of a popular restaurant in Nashua already facing animal cruelty charges punched a hunter in the face, police said.
Police responded to Bridle Path at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 for a fight between a hunter and the property owner of Bridle Path. Upon arrival, officers found the two people involved.
The fight began after the hunter left the woods and found his truck blocked in when he returned. After getting his truck out, a man, later identified as Christopher Fokas, approached the hunter and confronted him. The hunter told officers during the argument, Fokas punched him in the face, according to the police report.
Police issued a no trespass order to the hunter. He is not facing any charges.
In New Hampshire, it is legal to hunt on land that is not posted, but NH Fish and Game recommends always getting permission from the land owner.
Fokas, who lives in Amherst, turned himself in to Londonderry police Oct. 16. He posted the $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Derry district court for an arraignment Nov. 14 at 8:15 a.m.
Fokas told NH1 on Wednesday that he will be found not guilty.
"I am extremely confident I will be acquitted on all charges," he said.
On Oct. 1, police arrested Fokas on an animal cruelty charge.
He owns four horses — Apollo, Ringo, Jolene and Lexi — that he keeps at the stables at Perkins Farm.
Fokas bought Perkins Farm at 48 Perkins Road in Londonderry on May 11, 2016, for $271,467, according to town assessing records. He bought the adjacent land, Wallace Farm, at 1 Bridle Path, on the same day for $12.84 million. He also owns 52 Perkins Road. The three properties combined total a little more than 46 acres.
Wallace Farm has since been turned into apartment homes sitting on "25 acres of lush natural landscape," according to the company's website. Fokas has further plans to develop the area.
Police originally planned to seize the horses the week of the Oct. 1 arrest but have not yet done so. An officer is still working with the State Department of Agriculture in regards to the seizure, said Londonderry Police Detective Christopher Olson.
The arraignment in that case has been scheduled for Nov. 21 at 8:15 a.m. in Derry district court. Fokas previously called those charges "crazy."
"I'm completely baffled," Fokas said in an interview with NH1 on Oct. 4. "The police, if they've come out, the horses have been fine."
Fokas is co-owner of Martha’s Exchange in Nashua with his brother Bill. However, Chris Fokas has not been active in the restaurant for about three years, according to both brothers.