Driver to be sentenced for crashing into marquee


A pensioner is to be sentenced for crashing his car into a marquee at a charity ball injuring 14 people.

Peter Bialek, 66, of London Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing at Winchester Crown Court to three counts of grievous bodily harm without intent and a fourth charge of causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.

The incident happened during a ball attended by 300 people at Dene Farm, close to Nether Wallop, near Andover, Hampshire, on October 3 last year.

Eyewitnesses have described how a white BMW car crashed into a marquee before hitting people on the dance floor.

A total of 14 people were injured while eight casualties who suffered serious injuries were taken to hospitals in Salisbury, Winchester, Basingstoke and Southampton.

The event is understood to have been organised to raise money for a local village hall and other charities.