Man appears in court after fatal hit and run

A 31yr old man appeared in court in tears after being accused of killing Mark Batty by Dangerous and other charges.

Anton Watson appeared in tears as he was accused of causing the death by dangerous driving. Picture : Facebook

Anton Watson has appeared at Grimsby Magistrates were he is charged with being the suspected driver of the Red Ford Focus which hit Mark Batty and left him to die in the middle of the road.

The court heard police officers had found Mark unresponsive in the middle of Scartho Road after a collision with a car which failed to stop at the scene.

Mark was pronounced dead at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital a short time later.

Anton Watson appeared in court. : Facebook pic.

Watson, 31, of Worcester Avenue, was arrested at a relatives’ house on  the same night after police traced the Focus after its number plate was left at the scene.

Prosecutor, Kate Fairbun said Watson faced six charges; causing the death of Mark Batty by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision; failing to report a collision and failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Ms Fairburn said all the offences were linked to the discovery of Mr Batty in the middle of the road with serious injuries.

Grimsby Magistrates Court heard Anton Watson was the suspected driver of the Red Ford Focus which struck Mark.

The court heard police officers had found Mark unresponsive in the middle of Scartho Road after a collision with a car which failed to stop at the scene.

Mark was pronounced dead at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital a short time later.

Watson, 31, of Worcester Avenue, was arrested at a relatives’ house on the night after police found the number plate to the car.

Prosecutor, Kate Fairbun said Watson faced six charges; causing the death of Mark Batty by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision; failing to report a collision and failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Ms Fairburn said all the offences were linked to the discovery of Mr Batty in the middle of the road with serious injuries.

Mark Batty who was fatally injured when he was struck by a car on Sunday.

Representing Anton Watson, barrister, Ernie Lidster, said his client, a welder-fabricator, works full time for a local firm. He added he is father to two young children, was in a stable relationship and is supported by his family.

An application for bail was denied by District Judge Daniel Curtis who committed the case to crown court on January 6 and remanded Mr Watson in custody.

As he was led from the court he said “I love you” to relatives in the public gallery who responded by blowing kisses.

A relative of Mr Batty was also in court to hear the details.

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