A man faces trial charged with the murder of a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run outside his school in Loughton.

Harley Watson died at Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London after a vehicle ploughed into children who were leaving Debden Park High School in Loughton on December 2.

Terence Glover, 52, of Newmans Lane, Loughton, is charged with his murder.

He is also charged with the attempted murder of 23-year-old Raquel Jimeno and six boys and three girls aged between 12 and 16 who cannot be named for legal reasons, and with driving a Ford Ka dangerously in Willingale Road, Loughton.

A virtual hearing, at which the defendant was not present, took place at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard that the defendant is at a mental health facility.

Judge Charles Gratwicke said a provisional trial date has been set for October 5, with the matter due back in court for an administrative hearing on July 17.

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