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Man who drove over delivery driver pleeds guilty

  • 22 November 2013
  • By Chris Tindall

An opportunist thief who stole a lorry before driving over the delivery driver and leaving him fighting for his life pleaded guilty last week to several offences.

Leonard Willsher, 41 and from Basildon, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and driving whilst disqualified.

He will be sentenced in January.

LGV driver David Fletcher, 58, was making deliveries in Purfleet on 9 July when two men jumped into his vehicle and attempted to drive off.

Fletcher chased after the lorry, but was pushed in the face by Willsher and fell to the ground. He was then run over, leaving him with multiple injuries.

“Leonard Willsher was an opportunist thief who stole Mr Fletcher’s vehicle whilst he made a delivery,” said senior investigating officer, DCI Lucy Robinson.

“Mr Fletcher chased after him and bravely held onto the lorry’s wing mirror. In trying to escape and with no regard for his victim, Leonard Willsher callously pushed Mr Fletcher away and then ran him over.

“Despite causing near fatal injuries, Willsher did nothing to help his victim, but was observed wiping his fingerprints from the lorry before running off, leaving his victim for dead. Thanks to expert medical care, his own strength of character and determination to get better Mr Fletcher is recovering with the help and support of his family.”

Detectives want to hear from anyone who can assist with identifying the second suspect in this case.


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