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Pete Doherty's manager admits driving offences

Victim Chris Corder
Chris Corder remains in hospital after the incident

The manager of musician Pete Doherty has admitted dangerous driving after a crash in Suffolk critically injured a pedestrian.

Chris Corder, 42, of Hadleigh, remains in a coma after being run over in the town on 27 September. He was delivering church newsletters at the time.

At Ipswich Crown Court, Andrew Boyd, 42, of north west London, also admitted failing to stop at an accident scene.

Boyd was released on bail and is due to be sentenced at a later date.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident, driving without reasonable consideration, driving not in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

'Comforting a child'

His barrister Chris Henley told the court that the accident happened when Mr Boyd tried to comfort a four-year-old child who was sitting in the back seat of the Daimler car.

"He must have momentarily taken his eye off the road and at that moment Mr Corder must have stepped onto the road and very unfortunately the collision took place," said Mr Henley.

"The instinctive reaction of Mr Boyd was not to stop, he should have and he recognises that.

"The prosecution accept that the dangerous driving is him leaving the scene."

Adjourning sentence for a pre-sentence report, Judge David Goodin told Mr Boyd: "The offences you pleaded guilty to are serious ones.

"It may very well be that custody is the only sentence for you."

Mr Boyd, of Kentish Town, was served with an interim driving ban.

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