Local cop cleared of causing pensioner’s death

The 29-year-old officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing but could still lose his job
By Victoria Munro

Stock image (credit: Met Police)
Stock image (credit: Met Police)

A local cop was found not guilty of causing death by careless driving last week following the death of a pensioner.

PC Daniel Bowen, 29, remains on restricted duties in the Waltham Forest and Newham force and will still face a misconduct hearing that could see him lose his job.

On 15th July 2020, PC Bowen was driving a police carrier van in High Street, East Ham, when he hit 83-year-old Peter Dawe with his wing mirror.

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The impact caused Peter to fall backwards and hit his head. He was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries on 3rd August.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said: “Mr Dawe’s death was a tragedy and our thoughts very much remain with his loved ones.

“PC Bowen, who has expressed absolute remorse for the death of Mr Dawe, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, but he will now face a gross misconduct hearing where a panel will decide if his actions on that day fell below the high standard we expect from our officers.”

PC Bowen was tried at the Old Bailey and found not guilty by the jury on 25th February.

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