Runaway driver who knocked down child is jailed

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A driver who knocked down a 12-year-old boy and then fled the scene has been jailed.

Kieran Murphy, of St Dunstans, Coffee Hall, will serve 12 months in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road accident.

He was also driving without a license or insurance - and was in possession of class A drug heroin.

In August, the 31-year-old was riding an off-road motorcycle on a grass playing area off Lammas in Beanhill when he hit the child. He was arrested two days later.

The boy suffered a serious leg injury, which required surgery, and took a month to recover.

Last week Murphy was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court after pleading guilty in September.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ immediate imprisonment, 2 years disqualification with extended test order, Victim surcharge £100, Costs £150. For the drug offence he was sentenced to 2 months’ imprisonment to run concurrent.

PC Ian Stevens said: “Murphy caused serious injury and distress to a child and then failed to stop attempting to evade arrest.

“Unlicensed off road bikes are dangerous when ridden in environments like this or on redways.

“We hope that the swift arrest and prosecution of Murphy will reassure the community that we take incidents like this and the safety of children very seriously.

“We will continue to work with the neighbourhood teams to enforce action against users of these bikes that ride in an anti-social manner and put the public and themselves at unacceptable risk.”

If you wish to report a crime particularly relating to motor offenses call police on 101.