Bury St Edmunds: Kings Road crash victim had leg amputated, court told

A 23-YEAR-old accused of a number of driving offences following a crash in west Suffolk will have his case heard at Ipswich Crown Court, it was decided yesterday.

The charges relate to an accident in Kings Road, Bury St Edmunds, in which two pedestrians were left seriously injured by a car after it left the road.

Anton Giles, who is currently living at the Wedgewoood Unit at West Suffolk Hospital but formerly of Queens Road in Bury, appeared before magistrates in the town charged with four offences.

The most serious charge faced by Giles, who appeared in the dock with short dark hair and wearing a grey hooded top and a dark jacket, is one of dangerous driving.

Giles, who spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, is accused of driving a Smart ForFour car dangerously on Kings Road and Albert Crescent on January 8.

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He is also accused of failing to stop after an accident in Albert Crescent “whereby personal injury was caused to another person, namely Michael Hurley and Marion Bell”.

He faces two further charges – one of failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis and one of assaulting a member of the public named in the charge sheet as John Darby.

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Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, told the court Ms Bell had her lower leg amputated and suffered a severe break to her arm in the wake of the accident, which Giles is accused of causing.

He said Mr Hurley had suffered a broken leg and was “pushed through a six-foot fence” during the incident.

Mr Ablett applied to the court for the dangerous driving charge to be transferred to the crown court.

Nick Wray, for Giles, said his client would not be entering a plea to the dangerous driving charge at the current time and agreed it should be transferred to Ipswich Crown Court.

Magistrates committed the case to Ipswich Crown Court and released Giles on unconditional bail until April 28.

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