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Change of Plea for Selby Man who tried to injure camping kids


7:02pm 13th August 2012
(Updated 7:04pm 13th August 2012)

A Selby man, who's accused of trying to kill a group of camping kids by driving over them, has changed his plea.

25 year old Benjamin David Allerton, of Millgate, has pleaded guilty to two counts of GBH today (Monday 13th August 2012) on the day he was due to stand trial for attempted murder.

One of the GBH counts is with intent to injure a 16 year old boy. The second is an attempt to cause GBH on a 13 year old girl.

The prosecution accepted his pleas, leading to charges of attempted murder being dropped.

Allerton will be sentenced tomorrow at York Crown Court (Tuesday 14th August 2012).

Background to the case

The courts heard, Allerton terrified the youngsters by giving them a five second countdown, missing out the number four, to get out of their tents and run before he drove his van at them.

The defendant, a landscape gardener, had joined the group of youngsters earlier that evening (11th March 2012) and had been drinking with them in a field in Barlby near the River Ouse.

Witnesses told the court he was drunk and showing off by cutting down trees to add to the group's camp-fire.

But a fight broke out when Allerton got drunk and abusive to a 13 year old girl.

About 30 to 45 minutes later Allerton returned, drove across the field at about 30mph but missed the tents.

He then shouted a countdown for the group to run, with many scattering to nearby trees, before he ploughed into the tents with his van.

Allerton's was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on Tuesday 14th August 2012.

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