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Police officer faces road death trial

PUBLISHED: 17:29 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

ACCUSED: Malcolm Searles. PICTURE EXCLUSIVE by Kate Nelson

ACCUSED: Malcolm Searles. PICTURE EXCLUSIVE by Kate Nelson

THIS is the first picture of the policeman who allegedly killed a grandmother when his marked patrol car hit her. The case of Bromley police officer Malcolm Searles, 23, from Swanley, has been adjourned again at Southwark Crown Court until November 1

THIS is the first picture of the policeman who allegedly killed a grandmother when his marked patrol car hit her.

The case of Bromley police officer Malcolm Searles, 23, from Swanley, has been adjourned again at Southwark Crown Court until November 16 for a trial which is expected to last two weeks.

He faces a charge of causing death by dangerous driving, along with three counts of dangerous driving and three counts of speeding.

He appeared in court apparently tanned and wearing a navy suit but spoke only to confirm his name.

Receptionist Sandra Simpson, 61, died on August 23 last year as she was on an evening stroll with her childhood sweetheart Pete.

She was just yards from her home in Mornington Avenue, Bromley, when the accident occurred at the junction of Gundulph Road and Homesdale Road.

Speaking shortly after his wife's death, Mrs Simpson's husband of 43 years said: "My wife was a wonderful woman. We are a close family and we are pulling together. But I don't have my Sandra anymore. It's devastating."

Mrs Simpson is survived by sons Darren, 28, Elliot, 22, daughter Natasha, 32, and grandsons Jacob and Sonny.

The case was adjourned owing to further examination of evidence by experts.

Searles will appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 4 for a plea and case management hearing. He was granted unconditional bail.

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