M1 deaths case for QC
Kent’s top QC will lead the prosecution in the case of a lorry driver accused of causing the deaths of eight people on the M1.
Oliver Saxby – who appears regularly at serious cases at Canterbury Crown Court – will present the case on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service next year.
Six men and two women died in the crash involving two lorries and a minibus near Newport Pagnell on August 26.
Ryszard Masierak, 31, from Worcestershire, and David Wagstaff, 53, from Stoke-on-trent, each deny eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
A trial has been set for February 26 at Aylesbury Crown Court
Masierak was remanded in custody, while Wagstaff was given bail.
Four minibus passengers were also seriously hurt in the crash on the southbound carriageway.
Both defendants deny four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Wagstaff pleaded guilty to eight counts of death by careless driving and to careless driving, but he will stand trial on the more serious charges.
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC