An Essex man has been given an indefinite hospital order after killing a 12-year-old boy by deliberately driving his car at him.
On Monday 2nd December 2019, Harley Watson died after he was hit by a car outside Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex. He was a pupil at the school.
The young boy was taken to Whipps Cross University Hospital but died from his injuries.
A number of other people were also injured including five teenage boys, a teenage girl, and a woman aged in her 20s.
Terence Glover, 52, of Newmans Lane, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility and ten counts of attempted murder last November.
On Friday 8th January at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Glover was sentenced to 15 years for Harley’s manslaughter, with a concurrent 10-year sentence for the counts of attempted murder.
Police say he will serve his sentence in a secure hospital, and will not be released until it is deemed safe to do so. Should he be deemed mentally fit to be discharged from hospital at any point in his sentence, he will be transferred to a prison.
The court heard he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and medical experts agreed his “significant” mental illness “provided an explanation for his conduct”.
Harley’s mum, Jo, said:
“Harley was a kind, caring, selfless, intelligent and comical young man. He had a very bright future ahead of him which was cruelly cut short through no fault of his own. He was dearly loved and is sorely missed by his family and many friends.”
Investigating officer Heather Apen, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:
“My thoughts are with Harley’s parents today and with all the victims who were injured and traumatised by Glover’s deliberate actions.
“They have all been so brave throughout the course of this investigation and have shown the utmost dignity at today’s hearing.
“This outcome will not bring Harley back, and it won’t stop victims and their loved ones from reliving the terror they felt that December afternoon, but I do hope that Glover’s conviction and, now, his secure detention, means they can start to rebuild their lives, safe in the knowledge that he no longer poses a threat to their community.”
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of our readers.
And remember, if you have a service, product or job vacancy that you would like to promote to our large readership, then you can buy advertising space in our articles.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.