An “arrogant” motorist who was “sick and tired” of children playing on his driveway killed his neighbour’s five-year-old son by running him over, a jury has ruled.The tragic parents of Riley Ferguson wept in court as the jurors returned the guilty verdict and a judge paid tribute to them for sitting through David Cowell’s trial and hearing how he killed their only son.
The court was told how Cowell had complained to his neighbours about their children playing on his driveway. Jurors heard how as Cowell returned home after running an errand, neighbours saw his car slow down as he turned into the shared driveway before crashing into tragic Riley.
“This young boy lost his life because the defendant was fed up with the young kids playing on the driveway,” said Judge Francis Sheridan. “He was focused on a young child because he wanted to get up close to her and make the point, ‘What are you doing on my driveway again?’
“Had he been looking forwards, he would have seen this little boy,” said Judge Sheridan, referring to young Riley. “It was arrogant and unnecessary driving and, as a result, the Fergusons have lost their only son. He should never have lost his life. He was there to be seen as the experts agreed. To drive over his head is just horrendous.” Jurors convicted Cowell of a single charge of causing death by careless driving.