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Driver Joshua Dobby admits causing Penge deaths but denies manslaughter


A man who ran over and killed a child actor and his aunt during a police chase in south London has admitted causing their deaths.

Joshua Dobby, 23, knocked over Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rozanne Cooper, 34, in Penge on 31 August.

Appearing via videolink at the Old Bailey, he admitted causing death by dangerous driving but denied manslaughter.

Mr Dobby told the court he acknowledged the “pain and suffering” he had caused.

He was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving but during a hearing at the Old Bailey it emerged he has also been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

He also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to Makayah’s sister by dangerous driving.

Mr Dobby was remanded in custody and will face trial on 27 February.

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