A man has admitted causing the deaths of a child actor and his aunt who were hit by a stolen car being chased by police.Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, were killed in the collision in southeast London on 31 August. Joshua Dobby was driving a stolen black Ford Focus when it ploughed into the youngster and his aunt as they walked along Lennard Road in Penge.
His twin older sisters, Niyah and Yahla, were trapped underneath the black Ford Focus and managed to crawl out after up to 20 bystanders lifted it off them. Their aunt, Rosie Cooper, was given CPR by a witness but died at the scene along with Makayah.
Dobby admitted causing their deaths by dangerous driving, but pleaded not guilty to two manslaughter charges. He also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to Makayah’s sister by dangerous driving. Dobby was remanded in custody to next appear in court on 10 February for a pre-trial hearing.
The 23-year-old, of no fixed abode, appeared at the Old Bailey in central London via a video link from High Down prison in Surrey. Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay indicated that Dobby’s guilty pleas were unacceptable and that he would face trial on 27 February. Members of the victims’ families were in court during the hearing.