A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Passenger Convicted For Driving Offence
An Essex woman could become the first person in the country to be convicted over a fatal crash in which she was a passenger.
Cyclist Steven Rodway was killed when his bicycle collided with a car on the A113 Ongar Road in Stapleford Tawney in June last year.
The 38-year-old, from Hutton, was pronounced dead at the scene.
23-year-old engineer Alex Dexter, from Torrington Gardens in Loughton, was charged with one count of careless driving, one count of causing death by driving while uninsured and one count of causing death without having a driving licence.
In addition, bar steward Laura Mellish, from Orchard Lane in Pilgrims Hatch, was charged with two offences in relation to the crash.
The 22-year-old owned the vehicle and knowingly let Alex Dexter drive it, even though he wasn't insured and didn't have a licence.
Today (Wednesday October 5th) the pair appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court where Laura Mellish pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting.
Police believe this is the first time a person has been convicted of aiding and abetting a driver who caused the death of another while driving without insurance.
Both individuals were immediately disqualified from driving and released on court bail prior to their sentencing at the same court during week commencing Monday, October 31.
A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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