Man accused of taking car with toddler strapped inside
A date has been set for the trial of a driver accused of abducting a child when he took a car with a toddler inside.
Jeremy Hector, 47, denied a total of ten charges when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court and now faces a trial in November.
He appeared in the dock with Jody Jackett, 21, who denied being the passenger in another car which he is alleged to have taken.
Hector is accused of abducting the child who was in the back of a Renault Scenic car which was allegedly taken without consent from outside a property in Tiverton on Saturday June 1.
Hector, of Richmond Close, Sampford Peverell, Devon, denied a total of ten charges. The others allege car theft, aggravated vehicle taking, leaving a petrol station forecourt without paying, and driving while disqualified.
Jackett, of the same address, denies being the passenger in a Land Rover Discovery which was taken without consent and damaged before being recovered.
The most serious charges against Hector relate to an incident in King Street, Tiverton, in which the owner of the Renault was delivering a meal to an elderly person,
She left her seven-year-old daughter and 14-month-old son in the vehicle and Hector is alleged to have taken the girl out of the car and driven off with the younger child in the back.
The car returned to the scene ten minutes later after being driven for a mile and a half through Tiverton’s one way system. The toddler was taken out and left before the vehicle was allegedly driven off again.
The other offences allege Hector took a Vauxhall Astra without the owner’s consent at Sampford Peverell on May 29, the aggravated vehicle taking of a Land Rover in Cullompton, on June 1, making off without paying for £100 of diesel in Cullompton on June 3, and taking an Isuzu 4x4 without the owner’s consent at Kentisbeare on the same day.
He was remanded in custody by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, and Jackett was released on bail. A trial date was set for November 13.