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Teenager faces court over the murder of policeman Dave Phillips

By Pat Hurst

Published 09/10/2015

Pc David Phillips, 34, was married to Jen and had two daughters - Abigail, seven, and Sophie, three (Merseyside Police/PA Wire)
Pc David Phillips, 34, was married to Jen and had two daughters - Abigail, seven, and Sophie, three (Merseyside Police/PA Wire)

A teenager has appeared in court accused of the murder of police constable Dave Phillips.

He is alleged to have taken a Mitsubishi pick-up truck during a burglary and, as he was being pursued by police, driven the vehicle directly at constable Phillips, killing the father-of-two.

The defendant, in a grey T-shirt and jogging bottoms, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and answered “Yeah” when he was asked if he understood the proceedings.

He is also accused of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to constable Thomas Birkett, who jumped out of the way as the car ploughed into constable Phillips.

Williams faces additional charges for the initial burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking of the pick-up truck, during the break-in at an estate agent’s in Oxton, Merseyside, on Monday.

He nodded as Alan Smith, chairman of the bench, told him he would be remanded into custody to reappear  in court today.

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