Murder accused apologises to PC’s family

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Clayton Williams, who is accused of the murder of Pc David Phillips, appearing via videolink at Liverpool Crown Court, Merseyside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 9, 2015. 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 Pc Phillips, killing the father-of-two. See PA story COURTS Car. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Clayton Williams, who is accused of the murder of Pc David Phillips, appearing via videolink at Liverpool Crown Court, Merseyside. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 9, 2015. 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 Pc Phillips, killing the father-of-two. See PA story COURTS Car. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

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A teenager has accepted his driving caused the death of PC Dave Phillips and has “extended his apologies” to the officer’s family, a statement from his solicitor said.

But Clayton Williams, 18, who is charged with murder, maintains he did not intend to harm the officer while behind the wheel of a pick-up truck taken during a burglary and being pursued by police.

PC Phillips, 34, a father of two, died in hospital shortly after the incident in Wallasey on Monday.

Williams appeared from HMP Altcourse via video-link at Liverpool Crown Court today where a judge decided he was not eligible for bail and he was remanded in custody until October 22.

At the end of the brief hearing, his solicitor Andrew Egerton issued a statement which he said was on behalf of the defendant.

It read: “There has understandably been a lot of media coverage in relation to the tragic death of PC Dave Phillips.

“We would simply ask that it be borne in mind that the coverage has by no means given the full picture.

“From the outset at the police station, Mr Williams has accepted that his actions and his driving caused the death of Pc Phillips.

“However he is adamant that he did not drive at the officer and that he did not intend to injure, let alone kill him.

“He has consistently expressed his profound remorse and extended his apologies through to the police to Pc Phillips’ young family.

“It is now time for the judicial process to take over and we would ask that all bear in mind Mr Williams’ right to a fair trial.

“To be charged and to be convicted are very different and we therefore ask that Mr Williams not be tried in the media but rather in due course, by a judge and jury.”