Man denies hit-and-run charge that left Emmerdale’s Chelsea Halfpenny’s granddad critical

A man accused of a hit-and-run that left the grandpa of former Emmerdale actress Chelsea Halfpenny fighting for his life has entered a not guilty plea.

On February 25, a silver Mercedes struck and seriously injured 85-year-old Derek Halfpenny in Leam Lane, Gateshead. He was taken to the hospital right after and spent some time there in a critical condition.

On September 14, Kane Oman was arraigned at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on charges of driving without a license or insurance, failing to stop at the site of an accident, being involved in an accident and failing to report it, and driving carelessly or recklessly, according to ChronicleLive. All allegations are rejected by the 26-year-old from Glenridding Close in Gateshead.

The defendant was driving on two occasions, early in the day and later in the day, according to the Crown’s case, prosecutor Claire Irving told the court. Later, Leam Lane in Woodburn was the scene of a hit-and-run.

The defendant disputes that he is the vehicle’s driver; the problem is identification.

On Tuesday, November 22, at 2pm, Mr. Oman will go on trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. He was released on bail without any conditions until his subsequent court date.

Chelsea, who is well-known to millions for her role as Amy Wyatt in Emmerdale, appealed for witnesses to come forward at the time of the incident.

“Eve is 3 why have they got her sat in her pram sounding like a baby,” a third viewer questioned. One more thing was added: “Eve was painting pictures last week while sitting up in a chair and was roughly two years old. She is once again babbling like an 8-month-old. Decide what you want.”

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