Death crash man charged

Christopher Willmott.

Christopher Willmott.

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A MOTORIST has appeared in court charged with causing the death of Worcester grandfather Christopher Willmott.

Tributes continue to flood in for Mr Willmott who died after being hit by a car in Blackpole on Friday.

Yesterday Helder Dasilva Pina appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court charged with death by dangerous driving.

Pina, of Brook Street, Barbourne, has been held in cells since the accident at 1.10am on Friday in Cotswold Way, Blackpole.

The 34-year-old, who is originally from Portugal, was driving a Peugeot 206 towards Blackpole Road after leaving work at Worcester Bosch when he is said to have lost control of his car and hit Mr Willmott before colliding with a lamppost in front of Ford Bristol Street Motors.

Mr Willmott, aged 48, had been on a night fishing trip with friends and was waiting to be picked up by a taxi.

Mark Johnson, prosecuting, said: “He is with a group of friends, some as young as seven.

“It was only because of the quick thinking of persons at the scene that actually managed to get some of the people out of the way.”

Mark Stanley, defending, said Pina had lived in the UK for around two-and-a-half years, working first at a nightclub and as a cleaner and for the last 14 months at Worcester Bosch.

He said Pina lived with his young wife and three-and-a-half month old daughter.

“Clearly he is upset,” said Mr Stanley.

“He was crying at the scene. He called the police and the ambulance.

“The man has shown nothing but remorse from the moment he was arrested.”

He also said Pina, a devout Catholic, had no intention of getting behind the wheel of a car again.

The case will now go to Worcester Crown Court on November 24. Pina was granted bail until the trial.

Paul Vaughan, chairman of the bench, said: “This is a tragic matter.”

After granting bail he added: “We wish to express our sympathy to the family of the deceased.”

Throughout the day memories of Mr Willmott, a father of three and grandfather to six, were being left on a tribute page on Facebook, RIP Chrissy Willmott.

One post on the page read: “We all love you so, so much daddy. Not a second goes by we aren’t thinking about you. Trying to stay strong for the kids like you would have wanted, but all I want to do is break down and cry.

“Missing you more than words can explain.”

Other posts remembered the funny times: “You were always the joker Dad. Never normal. Just loved messing around and winding people up.”

It continued: “But one thing that never stopped is the love we had four each other.

“You always told everyone how much you loved your kids and we knew because whenever you rang, before we hung up, we would say ‘love you’ about five times, cuddle and kiss us before you go home and tell us how much you loved us and we will keep that with us forever Dad.”

A comment on the page from his brother, Dave Willmott‎, said:

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken time to write so many kind words for my brother.

“It means so much to me and all the family ...... thank you xxx”
Karen Willmott‎, who spent 30 years with Mr Willmott, said: “I really can’t get my head around what has happened. R.I.P.

“You were a very special man to many. I promise to take good care of our children and grandchildren..xx”

A statement released on behalf of the family also thanked Worcester News readers for their kind and compassionate comments.

They added: “At present, all family members are being inundated with messages of condolence.

“Although they are all grateful for this, this is however very upsetting and very hard to deal with at this time.

“Therefore the the family urge the heartfelt stories are left on the Facebook page as a tribute and lasting legacy.”

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12:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

saucerer says...

The defence's comments are beyond belief! So, because Pina has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, was crying at the scene, he called the police and the ambulance and he's a devout Catholic, a sentence should be lenient? Pina knew exactly what he was doing when he was driving. The start of the accident happened on the pavement on the opposite of the road before the Vauxhall dealer and took him all the way to the Ford dealer, and at the same time knocking over a lamppost. This was only possible by travelling at an insane speed and he'd have known what the potential consequences of having a crash at that speed would be, as borne out by this tragic accident. He made a conscious decision to speed. If drove only marginally faster than the 30mph speed limit, Mr Willmott would have had time to avoid the accident, while Pina would not have ended up a few hundred yards up the road. As far as I'm concerned, Pina made a conscious decision to drive fast and he should be charged with murder. I don't care if has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, that should not even come in to the equation. Anything lesser sentence will be a joke while he'll only be on the road again and continue with his driving habits.
The defence's comments are beyond belief! So, because Pina has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, was crying at the scene, he called the police and the ambulance and he's a devout Catholic, a sentence should be lenient? Pina knew exactly what he was doing when he was driving. The start of the accident happened on the pavement on the opposite of the road before the Vauxhall dealer and took him all the way to the Ford dealer, and at the same time knocking over a lamppost. This was only possible by travelling at an insane speed and he'd have known what the potential consequences of having a crash at that speed would be, as borne out by this tragic accident. He made a conscious decision to speed. If drove only marginally faster than the 30mph speed limit, Mr Willmott would have had time to avoid the accident, while Pina would not have ended up a few hundred yards up the road. As far as I'm concerned, Pina made a conscious decision to drive fast and he should be charged with murder. I don't care if has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, that should not even come in to the equation. Anything lesser sentence will be a joke while he'll only be on the road again and continue with his driving habits. saucerer
  • Score: 33

1:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

moatler says...

Or perhaps he just fell asleep and pressed the accelerator pedal in confusion as he woke up having mounted the kerb by the Vauxhall garage. If he works at Bosch he would have known the area and would have had no need to race up the road but perhaps you have some inside knowledge. Whatever the cause my sympathies are with Mr Willmott's family.
Or perhaps he just fell asleep and pressed the accelerator pedal in confusion as he woke up having mounted the kerb by the Vauxhall garage. If he works at Bosch he would have known the area and would have had no need to race up the road but perhaps you have some inside knowledge. Whatever the cause my sympathies are with Mr Willmott's family. moatler
  • Score: 26

1:24pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jb says...

Very poor decision by the defence solicitor to make such comments about the driver at this time, save it for the judge. My sincere condolences to Mr Willmotts family and friends.
Very poor decision by the defence solicitor to make such comments about the driver at this time, save it for the judge. My sincere condolences to Mr Willmotts family and friends. jb
  • Score: 18

2:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Mobey says...

I've heard he was doing about 100 mph after finishing a night shift. Rip to the man who lost his life. Thoughts with friends and family.
I've heard he was doing about 100 mph after finishing a night shift. Rip to the man who lost his life. Thoughts with friends and family. Mobey
  • Score: 3

3:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

madly-menopausal says...

Well, I am sure his speed will play a huge part in his case when it goes to court and exactly what speed he was doing is purely speculation. I am so sad for the family of the victim...he was not doing anything wrong, not driving himself, not fighting, just innocent on the path waiting for a taxi.
Life is unbearably cruel sometimes.
Well, I am sure his speed will play a huge part in his case when it goes to court and exactly what speed he was doing is purely speculation. I am so sad for the family of the victim...he was not doing anything wrong, not driving himself, not fighting, just innocent on the path waiting for a taxi. Life is unbearably cruel sometimes. madly-menopausal
  • Score: 17

4:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Northerngirl1954 says...

Some years ago l remember somebody leaving work on the estate on the same road who decided to have a race in his Cosworth with a fellow worker he died at the scene. Often you get some idiots think it's a race road, perhaps it!s time to fix a Speed Camera here. Thoughts to the family at this horrendous time just can't image what they are going through.
Some years ago l remember somebody leaving work on the estate on the same road who decided to have a race in his Cosworth with a fellow worker he died at the scene. Often you get some idiots think it's a race road, perhaps it!s time to fix a Speed Camera here. Thoughts to the family at this horrendous time just can't image what they are going through. Northerngirl1954
  • Score: 23

5:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jeanramos says...

Dont understand why he got bail....thoughts are with the family x
Dont understand why he got bail....thoughts are with the family x jeanramos
  • Score: 5

5:45pm Tue 5 Aug 14

lizzyloolah says...

I think this was probably the initial bail hearing until court date is set and, due to the seriousness of the offence, it was necessary for the bail application to be heard by the Magistrates instead of being decided by the Custody Sergeant. Hopefully he will plead guilty and not force anyone who witnessed the awful scene to have to relive it again in a witness box.
I think this was probably the initial bail hearing until court date is set and, due to the seriousness of the offence, it was necessary for the bail application to be heard by the Magistrates instead of being decided by the Custody Sergeant. Hopefully he will plead guilty and not force anyone who witnessed the awful scene to have to relive it again in a witness box. lizzyloolah
  • Score: 8

10:56am Wed 6 Aug 14

dylansmummy says...

I think this is outrageous he was obv speeding and the accident was terrible just because he has a wife and child doesnt mean a thing cz the man he killed also had a family but the sad part is in prison pina can still see his !
I think this is outrageous he was obv speeding and the accident was terrible just because he has a wife and child doesnt mean a thing cz the man he killed also had a family but the sad part is in prison pina can still see his ! dylansmummy
  • Score: 0

11:34am Wed 6 Aug 14

Northerngirl1954 says...

saucerer wrote:
The defence's comments are beyond belief! So, because Pina has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, was crying at the scene, he called the police and the ambulance and he's a devout Catholic, a sentence should be lenient? Pina knew exactly what he was doing when he was driving. The start of the accident happened on the pavement on the opposite of the road before the Vauxhall dealer and took him all the way to the Ford dealer, and at the same time knocking over a lamppost. This was only possible by travelling at an insane speed and he'd have known what the potential consequences of having a crash at that speed would be, as borne out by this tragic accident. He made a conscious decision to speed. If drove only marginally faster than the 30mph speed limit, Mr Willmott would have had time to avoid the accident, while Pina would not have ended up a few hundred yards up the road. As far as I'm concerned, Pina made a conscious decision to drive fast and he should be charged with murder. I don't care if has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, that should not even come in to the equation. Anything lesser sentence will be a joke while he'll only be on the road again and continue with his driving habits.
One would hopefully persume he's had to hand his passport in
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: The defence's comments are beyond belief! So, because Pina has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, was crying at the scene, he called the police and the ambulance and he's a devout Catholic, a sentence should be lenient? Pina knew exactly what he was doing when he was driving. The start of the accident happened on the pavement on the opposite of the road before the Vauxhall dealer and took him all the way to the Ford dealer, and at the same time knocking over a lamppost. This was only possible by travelling at an insane speed and he'd have known what the potential consequences of having a crash at that speed would be, as borne out by this tragic accident. He made a conscious decision to speed. If drove only marginally faster than the 30mph speed limit, Mr Willmott would have had time to avoid the accident, while Pina would not have ended up a few hundred yards up the road. As far as I'm concerned, Pina made a conscious decision to drive fast and he should be charged with murder. I don't care if has a young wife and three and a half month old daughter, that should not even come in to the equation. Anything lesser sentence will be a joke while he'll only be on the road again and continue with his driving habits.[/p][/quote]One would hopefully persume he's had to hand his passport in Northerngirl1954
  • Score: 12

11:16am Thu 7 Aug 14

canuck7 says...

SO....pina has confessed to being a "devout catholic"... AND?
SO....pina has confessed to being a "devout catholic"... AND? canuck7
  • Score: 3

9:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

julie allsopp says...

What has being a 'devout catholic' got to do with it? It's a joke, he KILLED a man, he will probably get off with smacked wrists especially if the judge is a 'devout catholic' too...
What has being a 'devout catholic' got to do with it? It's a joke, he KILLED a man, he will probably get off with smacked wrists especially if the judge is a 'devout catholic' too... julie allsopp
  • Score: 2

8:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

St Jon says...

In this country he is entitled to a fair trial. If guilty he will face a long prison sentence. This hearing was to charge him and consider bail; for the latter they had to consider if he was at serious risk of re-offending or flight, against which his solicitor will have made those character references.

My deep condolences to the Willmott family, and I appreciate emotions are running high, but some of these calls for mob justice are highly counterproductive. If I was his solicitor, I'd already be quoting them to ask for the case to be heard well away from Worcester to ensure a fair trial. Moreover, the contributors could face criminal charges for publicly commenting on matters that are sub judice, as could WN for publishing them. This comment thread should be closed.
In this country he is entitled to a fair trial. If guilty he will face a long prison sentence. This hearing was to charge him and consider bail; for the latter they had to consider if he was at serious risk of re-offending or flight, against which his solicitor will have made those character references. My deep condolences to the Willmott family, and I appreciate emotions are running high, but some of these calls for mob justice are highly counterproductive. If I was his solicitor, I'd already be quoting them to ask for the case to be heard well away from Worcester to ensure a fair trial. Moreover, the contributors could face criminal charges for publicly commenting on matters that are sub judice, as could WN for publishing them. This comment thread should be closed. St Jon
  • Score: 13

12:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pinkfluff says...

St Jon wrote:
In this country he is entitled to a fair trial. If guilty he will face a long prison sentence. This hearing was to charge him and consider bail; for the latter they had to consider if he was at serious risk of re-offending or flight, against which his solicitor will have made those character references.

My deep condolences to the Willmott family, and I appreciate emotions are running high, but some of these calls for mob justice are highly counterproductive. If I was his solicitor, I'd already be quoting them to ask for the case to be heard well away from Worcester to ensure a fair trial. Moreover, the contributors could face criminal charges for publicly commenting on matters that are sub judice, as could WN for publishing them. This comment thread should be closed.
Well report them then lol. WN do not accept any responsibility for comments, they do not monitor them either. Read terms and conditions.
[quote][p][bold]St Jon[/bold] wrote: In this country he is entitled to a fair trial. If guilty he will face a long prison sentence. This hearing was to charge him and consider bail; for the latter they had to consider if he was at serious risk of re-offending or flight, against which his solicitor will have made those character references. My deep condolences to the Willmott family, and I appreciate emotions are running high, but some of these calls for mob justice are highly counterproductive. If I was his solicitor, I'd already be quoting them to ask for the case to be heard well away from Worcester to ensure a fair trial. Moreover, the contributors could face criminal charges for publicly commenting on matters that are sub judice, as could WN for publishing them. This comment thread should be closed.[/p][/quote]Well report them then lol. WN do not accept any responsibility for comments, they do not monitor them either. Read terms and conditions. pinkfluff
  • Score: -9

3:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

themooman says...

St Jon wrote:
In this country he is entitled to a fair trial. If guilty he will face a long prison sentence. This hearing was to charge him and consider bail; for the latter they had to consider if he was at serious risk of re-offending or flight, against which his solicitor will have made those character references. My deep condolences to the Willmott family, and I appreciate emotions are running high, but some of these calls for mob justice are highly counterproductive. If I was his solicitor, I'd already be quoting them to ask for the case to be heard well away from Worcester to ensure a fair trial. Moreover, the contributors could face criminal charges for publicly commenting on matters that are sub judice, as could WN for publishing them. This comment thread should be closed.
yea, shut up st jon
[quote][p][bold]St Jon[/bold] wrote: In this country he is entitled to a fair trial. If guilty he will face a long prison sentence. This hearing was to charge him and consider bail; for the latter they had to consider if he was at serious risk of re-offending or flight, against which his solicitor will have made those character references. My deep condolences to the Willmott family, and I appreciate emotions are running high, but some of these calls for mob justice are highly counterproductive. If I was his solicitor, I'd already be quoting them to ask for the case to be heard well away from Worcester to ensure a fair trial. Moreover, the contributors could face criminal charges for publicly commenting on matters that are sub judice, as could WN for publishing them. This comment thread should be closed.[/p][/quote]yea, shut up st jon themooman
  • Score: -10

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