Two in court over driving charges after schoolboy’s death

Two people are due to appear before Redbridge Magistrates tomorrow charged with causing the death by careless driving of a 13-year-old boy.

Eastbrook pupil Thomas Stone was killed in Bell Farm Avenue, Dagenham while riding his bike with four friends on May 17 2011.

Nadia Roberts, 20, of Bell Farm Avenue has been charged with causing death by careless driving, causing death by driving a vehicle whilst driving not in accordance with a licence; causing death by driving a vehicle whilst driving without insurance; driving a motor vehicle with no insurance and driving not in accordance with a licence.

Mark Headley, 36, of Avenue Road, Harold Wood has been charged causing death by careless driving, and aiding and abetting Nadia Roberts to cause death by driving a vehicle whilst driving not in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

Headley is also charged with permitting Nadia Roberts to drive a motor vehicle with no insurance and causing a motor vehicle to be driven by Nadia Roberts whilst not in accordance with a licence.


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Following his death, dozens of floral tributes were left at the scene and a candle-light vigil was held.

Students from Eastbrook School lined up outside on Dagenham Road to pay tribute to their classmate.

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Headteacher Valerie Dennis said at the time: “Thomas was a popular and cheeky young man who was always keen to do well and had a wonderful sense of humour.

“The strength shown by the students over the last few weeks, particularly Tom’s friends, is a testament to the closeness and support of the local community.

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