Car crash driver ‘is a sleepwalker’

Stephen Donnelly and Mandy Gold were killed in a road crash'They had intended to marry after meeting at Antioch Community Church in Broomhall a year ago
Stephen Donnelly and Mandy Gold were killed in a road crash'They had intended to marry after meeting at Antioch Community Church in Broomhall a year ago
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A suspected drink driver accused of killing a young South Yorkshire couple by driving the wrong way up an A road could have been sleepwalking, a court heard.

William Wilson, aged 33, is charged with causing the deaths of Mandy Gold, aged 21, and Stephen Donnelly, 26, by dangerous driving.

He is also charged with driving with excess alcohol.

Mandy, of Harthill, and Stephen, of Treeton, were members of Antioch Community Church, Broomhall.

Wilson, from Brigg, Humberside, has no recollection of the crash on the A14, Northampton Crown Court was told. But he has a history of sleepwalking .

Legal representative Joan Gandolfi said: “This is where he goes to sleep then gets up and moves thing about. He has done it in hotels where he has come down from his room and had conversations with people. He had come that evening from Cambridge and was undecided whether to go home or go and visit his brother in Northampton.

“He has no recollection from when he got into the car until the collision.”

No pleas were entered, the case was adjourned and Wilson was remanded in custody.