Banker dubbed 'Champagne Charlie' killed Royal Navy recruit

Mail Online | 5/15/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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A banker ran over a Royal Navy recruit, killing him and dragging his body more than 100 yards - then said he thought he had hit a bin bag.

Wayne Davies, 31, struck James 'Hodge' Edwards in a 4am collision in Stockport in March 2017.

Davies - Banker - Charlie - Love - Island

Davies, a banker known as a 'Champagne Charlie' who has dated Love Island contestant Rosie Williams, was driving at twice the alcohol limit.

He hit 22-year-old Mr Edwards who was lying in the street as his horrified girlfriend watched.

Davies - Police - Bin - Bag - Manchester

Davies then drove away and later told police he thought he had collided with a bin bag, Manchester Crown Court heard.

After denying careless driving for two years Davies has now admitted causing the Navy recruit's death, as well as possessing class A drugs, and will be sentenced on Friday.

Trial - Year - Allegations - Defence - 'breaches

An earlier trial collapsed last year amid allegations from his defence of 'breaches' in the way the case had been put together.

His victim Mr Edwards, who was known as 'Hodge', had been out celebrating his imminent posting to the Navy on the night he was killed.

Night - Railway - Bridge - Bramhall - Moor

He had been drinking that night and was laying down on a railway bridge on Bramhall Moor Lane in Hazel Grove when he was hit, the court heard.

On the night of his death Mr Edwards, a Manchester City season ticket holder, was celebrating his imminent departure to join the Royal Navy.

Mr - Edwards - 'intoxicated - Number - Bars

Mr Edwards became 'intoxicated' after visiting a number of bars in Hazel Grove including the Bamboo Club, the original trial heard.

He and his girlfriend Sophie Price had got into a taxi to go home but Miss Price only had £5 cash so they had to stop short of their destination.

Couple - Home - Street - Court - Heard

The couple started to walk to her home and appeared to argue in the street, the court heard.

Miss Price went home...
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