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Hit and run sentencing adjourned

The sentencing of a man for causing death by dangerous driving after knocking down a boy in Wakefield has been adjourned. 6 year old Owen Wightman was killed in Kettlethorpe after being hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Peter Renshaw.

The sentencing will take place on Thursday 6 June as Judge Geoffrey Marson QC is ill. Peter Renshaw has been bailed and warned that if he fails to turn up for the next appearance he will be sentenced in his absence and a warrant will be put out for his arrest.


Man admits failing to stop over Owen Wightman death

A motorist who caused the death of a six-year-old boy while driving at almost twice the speed limit has admitted he failed to stop at the scene in West Yorkshire.

Peter Renshaw, 22, had already admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of Owen Wightman, who was crossing a road near his home in Wakefield last June. More follows.


Ex policewoman admits cancer fraud

A former North Yorkshire police officer from Pontefract who took time off work after lying about her daughter having cancer has admitted fraud.

Rachel Hewitt, 39, appeared at Hull Crown Court where she also pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in a public office.

She admitted that, between January 1 2009 and October 10 last year, she claimed her daughter "was ill with a form of cancer, she had had a tumour which was surgically removed requiring chemotherapy that necessitated absence from work".

She was given unconditional bail and told she will be sentenced on June 6 at the same court.

Former police officer pleads guilty to misconduct in public office

Rachel Hewitt from South Elmsall near Pontefract has pleadedguilty to one charge of misconduct in a public office at Hull Crown Court. Shewas accused of abusing the trust of a public office holder by repeatedlyclaiming that her daughter had cancer.

She also claimed her daughter had had a tumour removed but continued to need treatment between 2009 and 2011. She pleaded guilty to making gains by claiming to her colleagues at North Yorkshire Police that her daughter had leukaemia.

Judge Mettyear granted unconditional bail. Hewitt will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on 6th June.

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