Police officers could face criminal charges following deaths of child actor and aunt in Penge crash

PUBLISHED: 14:47 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 05 September 2017

Makayah McDermott

Makayah McDermott


Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rozanne Cooper, 34, were killed when 23-year-old Joshua Dobby crashed a stolen vehicle into the family while driving away from police

Two police officers involved in a high-speed car chase could face criminal charges following the deaths of a child actor and his aunt who were killed in Penge last summer.

Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rozanne Cooper, 34, died after 23-year-old Joshua Dobby crashed a stolen vehicle into the family while driving away from police in Lennard Road on August 31.

Three girls were also taken to hospital for injuries sustained in the collision.

Now, following an investigation into the officers’ actions, police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has referred a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Operations manager Catherine Hall said: “Following our investigation I have now decided to make a referral to the CPS as there is an indication that two officers may have committed criminal offences relating to their actions both during and following the pursuit.

“The referral relates to both the driver and the passenger of the police vehicle.

“I am satisfied we have gathered all the available evidence and it is now for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether to bring criminal charges.”

A referral to the CPS is made when the IPCC investigation indicates that a criminal offence may have been committed.

It does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

The CPS will decide whether charges should be brought, based on the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

The IPCC investigation report has also been sent to the MPS to determine whether or not disciplinary proceedings should follow.

In March, Dobby was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after admitting manslaughter.

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