Pensioner David Lockyer Wiki
Pensioner David Lockyer Biography
David Lockyer, 75, had been drinking when he hit Josh Osborne as the young man was crossing the street with friends in Orpington on April 13, 2019.
An MOT examiner who shot down and killed an 11-year-old schoolboy while driving without a license has been jailed for two years.
The pensioner tried to flee the scene immediately after the collision, but was followed by a witness who prevented him from driving.
Lockyer then returned to where he was arrested and detained.
Josh, who loved football and boxing, died two days later.
Lockyer was found guilty of causing the youth’s death by reckless driving and causing death while driving a motor vehicle without a license following a week-long trial at Woolwich Crown Court last November.
He returned to court today for sentencing.
Family members sat in the public gallery, several in black T-shirts adorned with a heart of gold and the words “Joshy’s Heart of Gold Trust,” a charity created by mother Victoria Battman in memory of the young man.
The mother-of-four cried when heartbreaking statements were read from the family.
Reading her statement, prosecutor James Brown said: ‘Our beautiful, kind and loving son Josh was taken from us at the hands of Mr. Lockyer.
“The impact is so overwhelming that it is difficult to put into words.
“ We feel this great loss and pain constantly as we miss having him around. Nothing will stop the pain.
‘This is really heartbreaking, unbearable, we don’t know how we find our way through each day at a time trying to cope.
“The damage that has been done to my family can never be repaired.
“He was kind and talented, a loving son who cared about everyone and who everyone loved.”
A statement from his grandfather
James Battman, said: ‘He loved football, boxing, running very active in all his sports and he loved winning
“ I don’t know if he had been here, he would have made some of his life in sports.
I can’t believe he’s gone.
Teresa Hay, in mitigation, told the court that Lockyer was likely suffering from depression as a result of Josh’s murder.
She added: ‘I make the point that nothing I say on his behalf or what I say about him is intended to generate sympathy for him.’
Sentenced to two years in prison for each crime, to be executed at the same time, Judge Jonathan Mann QC said: “ There were drivers on the road who reacted before to the presence of children and, although I must not speculate, it is a reasonable inference from If you hadn’t drunk, you might have noticed Josh before.
“The facts of this crime are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.
“The consequences of his actions are that an 11-year-old boy has died, causing his family pain and sadness that will resonate for years to come.”