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Man admits dangerous driving charge

Published date: 07 June 2017 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A young man has been warned to expect a significant prison sentence after he admitted a charge of causing the death of a father of two by dangerous driving.


Defendant Joseph Bonwick, 21, also admitted a second charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a crash on the A534 near Wrexham, in April of last year.


Bonwick of Tilstock, Whitchurch, appeared in the dock at Mold Crown Court yesterday and admitted both offences.


He pleaded guilty to causing the death of Adrian Gammon and causing serious injury to John Leyland by dangerous driving.


Judge Niclas Parry rebailed Bonwick for sentence on July 17.


An interim driving ban was imposed in the meantime.


Judge Parry told the defendant he would understand he had admitted “an extremely grave matter”.


He had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity which would entitle him to the maximum reduction in sentence.


“But you understand you must prepare yourself for a significant custodial sentence,” Judge Parry told him.


In view of his age and character, a pre-sentence report would be required.


The man who died in the collision near Holt Lodge was Adrian Leslie Gammon, 48, from Shrewsbury. Six other people were injured.


At the time his devastated family released a short statement to say he was a family man with a wife and two children.


Details of the prosecution case have not yet been opened.


Two air ambulances joined police, two fire crews from Wrexham, two emergency ambulances and two rapid response paramedics at the scene. The accident shut the road for more than three hours.


In his police interview, the defendant told officers he had been driving at 55mph but he was now prepared to accept he had been driving at between 55mph and 64 mph, which was acceptable to the prosecution.

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