Thursday 21 June 2018

Two charged over deaths of young brothers in alleged hit and run

Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of two year old Casper Platt-May (left) and his six year old brother Corey Platt-May who were killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. Photo: West Midlands Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of two year old Casper Platt-May (left) and his six year old brother Corey Platt-May who were killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. Photo: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

Josh Payne and Nina Massey

A man and a woman have been remanded into custody after allegedly causing the death of a toddler and his six-year-old brother by dangerous driving.

Robert Brown (53)  and Gwendoline Harrison (41) are accused of two counts of the offence and were not required to enter any pleas at Coventry Magistrates' Court.

Brown of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, faces a further allegation of common assault.

Flowers close to the scene where brothers Corey Platt-May and Casper, aged six and two, were killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Flowers close to the scene where brothers Corey Platt-May and Casper, aged six and two, were killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A seven-minute hearing before three magistrates heard that Brown and Harrison are alleged to have committed the offence on February 22.

Brown and Harrison, both wearing grey t-shirts, appeared in the dock only to confirm their name, date of birth and address.

The case against them was adjourned by chair of the magistrates' bench, John Martin, until a further hearing via videolink at Warwick Crown Court on March 22.

Brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two, were with their mother in MacDonald Road at around 2pm on Thursday when they were struck by a car.

They were taken to hospital with severe injuries, but Casper could not be revived and died a short time later.

Corey was rushed into surgery, but later died. Their mother was unhurt.

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