In the heavily watched case of Samuel Collins, a jury took just one day to find him not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of the lesser charge of dangerous interference with a motor vehicle causing death.

Barrister Craig Chowdhury, instructed by Alex Jones of Bosscher Lawyers, argued his client could not be held criminally responsible because as a 17-year-old boy, he would never have foreseen Mr Eldridge’s death as a possible outcome of moving the car into gear.

Mr Chowdhury said Collins did not see Mr Eldridge in front of the car when he moved the gears.

He argued there were a number of intervening acts which broke any chain of causation in relation to Collins’ criminal responsibility, including his sister’s failure to control, steer or use the brakes on her car once it was set into motion.

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