Fri. Jan 15th, 2021

A man has pleaded guilty over the killing of a 12-year-old boy in a hit-and-run outside a school in Essex. Terence Glover, 52, admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Harley Watson died after a vehicle ploughed into children who were leaving Debden Park High School in Loughton on 2 December last year.

Glover, who appeared in court via videolink on Monday, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder. This was accepted by the crown and he is due to return for sentencing.

Glover also pleaded guilty to charges of the attempted murder of 23-year-old Raquel Jimeno and six boys and three girls aged between 12 and 16, who cannot be named due to a court order.

The defendant, who is being held at a mental health facility, also admitted driving a Ford Ka dangerously in Willingale Road, Loughton.

Christine Agnew, prosecuting, said Glover had “suffered an abnormality of the mind” at the time of the incident.

She said: “That decision has been explained at length to the parents of Harley Watson.”

Harley’s mother, who attended court with her partner, sat in the public gallery and wept as Glover gave his pleas to the charges.

Miss Agnew said the parents of the other victims and a member of staff from the school were listening to the hearing from another courtroom.

In the short hearing which lasted around 15 minutes, Miss Agnew said two psychiatrists will give evidence to the court at sentencing on 8 January.

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