A man has admitted causing the deaths of a child actor and his aunt
following a police chase and acknowledged the “utterly
incomprehensible pain and suffering” he caused to their family.
Joshua Dobby, 23, of no fixed abode, drove a black Ford Focus into
Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, as they walked along
Lennard Road in Penge, south London, on 31 August.
He was initially charged with causing their deaths by dangerous
driving but during a hearing at the Old Bailey it emerged he was now
charged with manslaughter.
Dobby appeared in court via video link from High Down prison in Surrey
and spoke to confirm his name and enter pleas to a new indictment. He
pleaded not guilty to the two manslaughter charges but guilty to
causing death by dangerous driving.