Tuesday 26 September 2017

Driver (22) told he faces jail over death of boy (6)

Peter Renshaw arrives at Leeds Crown Court where he is charged with causing death by dangerous driving of a six year old boy, Owen Wightman. Photo: PA
Peter Renshaw arrives at Leeds Crown Court where he is charged with causing death by dangerous driving of a six year old boy, Owen Wightman. Photo: PA
Owen Wightman. Photo: PA
Neil and Joanne Wightman (left and centre), parents of six year old Owen Wightman, arrive at Leeds Crown Court. Photo: PA

Alistair Keely

A DRIVER was warned today he faces a prison sentence after he admitted causing the death of a six-year-old boy.

Peter Renshaw, 22, was driving a Fiat Seicento when he struck and killed Owen Wightman near the boy's home in Wakefield on June 18 last year.



He admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Leeds Crown Court today.



The case was not opened and was adjourned until Monday when a Newton hearing will take place to resolve other alleged "aggravating features", which include allegedly failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.



It is also alleged that damage was inflicted on the vehicle post-collision "with a view to disguise what had taken place", the court was told.



Owen was struck by Renshaw's car while out playing with a friend close to his home on Fishpond Lane, Kettlethorpe, Wakefield.



The court was told the speed of the Fiat was also disputed, with the prosecution alleging it was travelling at 59 mph.



Defending, Richard Clewes said an expert's report suggested the speed could be 53.7mph or higher.



Mr Clewes said the prosecution alleged that his client, of Grange Drive, Emley, Huddersfield, must have realised he had collided with a pedestrian.



"That is something that he does not accept," he told the court.



Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, imposed an interim driving ban and told Renshaw he could expect to go to jail following the conclusion of next week's two-day hearing.



Renshaw showed no emotion throughout proceedings, which were attended by the youngster's relatives.



Renshaw was granted bail and will appear before Judge Marson on Monday.



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