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Pair appear in court to face charges over death of brothers, aged 2 and 6, in hit-and-run

Casper (left) and his brother Corey Platt-May died on Thursday. Credit: Family handout

Two people have been remanded in custody by magistrates after being charged with causing the deaths of two young brothers by dangerous driving.

Two-year-old Casper Platt-May and his six-year-old brother Corey died in the hit-and-run crash on MacDonald Road, Coventry, at around 2pm on Thursday.

Robert Brown, aged 53, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, and 41 year-old Gwendoline Harrison, of Triumph Close, Wyken, appeared at Coventry Magistrates Court on Saturday charged under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Brown also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, while Harrison faces a common assault allegation.

Magistrates remanded the pair in custody until the next hearing at Warwick Crown Court on March 22.

Toys and flowers have been left at the scene. Credit: PA

Det Sgt Paul Hughes from West Midlands Police thanked members of the public for their help in the investigation, and urged anyone with information who had not yet spoken to officers to come forward.

It is always tragic to lose loved ones, especially when so young, and we are continuing to offer our support to family members at such a devastating time.

– Det Sgt Paul Hughes, West Midlands Police

The boys’ mother, Louise Platt-May, who was with them at the time of the collision but was uninjured, paid tribute to her sons on Friday.

"Corey was an amazing boy. He never kept still, always had to be doing something and coming up with new ideas of things to do," she said.

"His main passion in life was his football. He has been playing for a local team since he was four but since the day he could hold a ball he was never without one. He will be deeply missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

"Casper was a cheeky little boy, always getting into trouble and driving his brothers crazy. But he was so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them.

"He loved walking everywhere with his wellies and splashing in the puddles. His smile could light up any room and he will be so so missed by all who knew him."