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Brierley lorry crash: Three men found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

Flowers left near the scene where a lorry crashed into a house and killed a woman in Brierley, Yorkshire, in September 2018. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Three men have been found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of a 58-year-old Barnsley woman.

Jacqueline Wileman was hit by a runaway lorry cab as she was out power-walking in Brierley, near Barnsley.

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The men, who had been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court, were all passengers in the stolen HGV. They are 48-year-old David Mellor, 53-year-old Alan Mawhinney, and Wayne Carroll who is 29.

The driver, 23-year-old Karn Hill, had already admitted the charge.

A lorry behind a police cordon in Barnsley, which severely damaged a house after crashing into it Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire/PA Images

All four will be sentenced tomorrow.

Karn Hill (driver) and Wayne Carroll Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Alan Wawhinney and David Mellor Credit: South Yorkshire Police

David Mellor, of Worsbrough in Barnsley, entered a guilty plea to aggravated vehicle taking at an earlier hearing. Alan Mawhinney, of Kendray, also entered a guilty plea to aggravated vehicle taking mid-way through this trial.

Wayne Carroll, 29, of Grimethorpe, was today also found guilty of aggravated vehicle taking.

After colliding with Mrs Wileman on Common Street, the stolen HGV went on to collide with a house, causing significant damage.

WATCH: Offenders attempt to flee scene of crash (mobile phone footage)

Detective Inspector Rob Platts, who oversaw the investigation, spoke of the "despicable and cowardly" offenders who tried escaping the scene of the crash.

“Many people may already have seen the mobile phone footage showing the offenders from this HGV attempting to flee the scene knowing full well what they had just done. Thanks to the brave actions of the people present in Brierley that day, we were able to quickly apprehend these despicable and cowardly men.”

“Despite Hill entering a guilty plea, all four men have shown very little true remorse throughout this process and I hope that they will now have a long think and hard look at themselves to maybe fully realise the damage and impact they have caused."

– Detective Inspector Rob Platts
Jacqueline Wileman, who died when she was hit by the stolen lorry while out power-walking. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

He also paid tribute to Mrs Wileman, whose "life was cut tragically short by the horrific events of that Friday afternoon".

"Her family are now without their mum, daughter, sister and caring friend as a result of the actions by these four men.

“The havoc this incident caused, with the HGV being driven so dangerously and out of control, also resulted in an injury to another driver, severe damage to three other vehicles and damage to a house that will have to be re-built.

“My thoughts are today with Jacqueline’s loved ones who have shown immense strength and dignity throughout the court process.”