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Hearing Irishman to be sentenced for helping driver who killed pedestrian escape from justice

'You have pleaded guilty to a matter which you know is taken seriously by this court'

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Benjamin Wallace pleaded guilty to helping Daniel Salvin (pictured).

Benjamin Wallace pleaded guilty to helping Daniel Salvin (pictured).

Benjamin Wallace pleaded guilty to helping Daniel Salvin (pictured).

An Irishman is due to appear before Bolton Crown Court next month to be sentenced for helping a driver who had killed a pedestrian to escape from justice. 

Benjamin Wallace pleaded guilty to helping Daniel Salvin who killed 59-year-old John Richardson in 2019.

Salvin, who was 23-years-of-age at the time, ran over Richardson as he crossed Rishton Lane on September 20 of that year while racing another driver.

Mr Richardson died a week later from his injuries.

Police found Salvin’s Vauxhall Vectra on fire a short distance away and he fled to Northern Ireland.

He was eventually arrested and was later jailed for seven years and four months after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

When the case was heard at Bolton Magistrates Court in 2020, Wallace, from Larne, Northern Ireland, had pleaded not guilty to charges that he had purchased ferry tickets for Salvin as he attempted to flee the country.

However, by the time the case came before Bolton Crown Court yesterday he had changed his plea to guilty.

Judge Tom Gilbart said: “You have pleaded guilty to a matter which you know is taken seriously by this court.”

He added: “All options are open to this court and as I say, the court takes these matters seriously and custody may be considered.”

Wallace appeared in the dock alongside Christine Lee, of Johnson Fold, who had also been accused of assisting Salvin’s escape by providing him with a car.

She had also pleaded not guilty before Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court last year.

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However on reaching the crown court counsel for the prosecution, Alison Mather, said that the Crown had decided to take a “pragmatic” approach.

As such, Ms Mather said the prosecution would not be pursuing charges against Christine Lee.

She was found not guilty, but will still be required to appear before magistrates again on a lesser related matter.

At an earlier court hearing John Richardson’s devastated son told of his desperate attempts to save his father as he lay “dying on the ground”.

John Stephens, heard the impact of the crash from inside his brother Anthony's home and rushed outside to discover his father lying in the road.

As Salvin fled the scene, Mr Richardson's son, John Stephens, tried to save his dad and held his hand as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Reliving the events of that evening in a heart-breaking victim impact statement read out in court, Mr Stephens said: "After hearing this noise I ran outside to see what had happened and could see a red VW Golf on the opposite side of the road and could see people looking down the street.

"When I turned to look I then noticed my dad was on the ground and realised he had been hit by a car.

"I ran over to help him and tried to save him until the paramedics arrived.

"Nobody should ever have to see their dad dying on the ground. I held his hand whilst he was on the ground and he effectively died at the scene."

Wallace is now scheduled to appear before the court for sentencing on October 8.

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