M1 deaths case for QC

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Save Her Daughter -

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

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