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Driver remanded over boy's death

David James Lunn
David James Lunn is accused of a number of driving offences

A 61-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with causing the death of a nine-year-old boy who was hit by two cars while out on his bicycle.

David James Lunn, from Wrexham, appeared before magistrates in Mold on nine charges including failing to stop and driving without a licence.

Robbie Gaunt died in hospital on Saturday after the collision at Overton, near Wrexham, on Thursday.

A 58-year-old woman who was arrested has been released on police bail.

Mr Lunn has been charged with causing Robbie's death whilst using an uninsured vehicle, causing his death driving otherwise in accordance with the licence, failing to stop and failing to report a collision.

Robert Gaunt
Robbie Gaunt died in hospital two days after the collision

He has also been charged with three offences of driving a vehicle on the road with no insurance, driving without a licence and perverting the course of justice.

He is alleged to have attempted to dispose of evidence relevant to the police investigation at Premier Bodies near Oswestry in Shropshire.

Paul Abrahams, defending, did not apply for bail for Mr Lunn and said that there was no indication of plea at this stage.

Magistrates heard that the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice could only be dealt with at the crown court.

Magistrates chairman Neville Phillips said Mr Lunn would be remanded in custody to appear at Mold Crown Court on 3 April, when a preliminary hearing will be held.

Robbie's parents Dawn Richards and Robert Jones, paid tribute to their "lovely lad" and said he would be missed by all his friends.

He died at 1130 GMT on Saturday in Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, after he was initially taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The incident happened on the A539 between Erbistock and the outskirts of Wrexham just before 1930 GMT on Thursday.



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