Man appears in court after killing PSCO in car crash

Man appears in court after killing PSCO in car crash

PSCO Holly Burke. Image: SWNS

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A jobless man has appeared in court charged with killing an off-duty PCSO in a crash following a police chase.

Holly Burke, 28, died after a speeding Renault Scenic smashed into her Ford Fiesta as it was being pursued by police on Tuesday night (January 22).

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and police officer colleagues she was pronounced dead at the scene in the Bearwood area of Birmingham.

Darren Ogom was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and failing to stop for a police officer.

On Thursday the unemployed 42-year-old appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court where his barrister indicated he would be pleading guilty to the charges. 

 

Guilty plea

Tributes left at the scene of the crash. Image: SWNS

Ogom, of Kings Norton, Birmingham, dressed in a grey t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, showed no emotion during the minute-long hearing.

He entered the dock handcuffed to a security guard and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and British nationality.

District Judge Timothy Gascoyne remanded Ogom in custody and adjourned the case until February 21 when he will appear before Birmingham Crown Court.

Steven Jonas, defending, said: "It is his intention to plead guilty and he knows he going to receive a lengthy prison sentence - there will be no application for bail."

West Midlands Police said the crash happened after officers had been following the car for 15 minutes after it was spotted speeding in the Erdington area of the city.

Cops deployed a stinger device on Bearwood Road before the smash occurred seconds later at the junction of Hagley Road. 

 

'Tragic'

Following her death, tributes poured in for the popular police community support officer, who had worked for West Midlands Police for 14 months.

Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, commander at Birmingham East neighbourhood policing unit, said: “This is a desperately sad time for everyone who knew Holly and our thoughts and condolences are with Holly’s mum and dad, family, friends and colleagues.

“There is no doubt that this tragic event will have an impact on those officers who responded and those who worked alongside her.

"Holly has been taken from us too soon and as a police family we are feeling this.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “The loss of PCSO Holly Burke is truly tragic.

"She was greatly valued by West Midlands Police and the communities which she served.

"My thoughts are with Holly’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”

The incident is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

IOPC Regional Director Derrick Campbell said: “Our sympathies are with the family of the woman who sadly died in this tragic incident and everyone else affected.

"We have a duty to independently investigate in these circumstances and we will be examining the events prior to the collision to determine if appropriate policies and procedures were followed.

“We will be contacting the family of the woman who died to more fully explain our role and will keep them and the force regularly updated on our investigation.”