'I killed schoolgirl' admits drink-driver

A RETFORD drink-driver whose car careered off the road into a field has admitted killing his partner's seven-year-old daughter.

A RETFORD drink-driver whose car careered off the road into a field has admitted killing his partner's seven-year-old daughter.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that five children, who were not properly strapped in, were in the back of the Vauxhall Calibra at the time.

The victim was thrown out to her death.

Melbourne Exton, 37, of New Inn Walk, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Adele Thornhill while his alcohol level was one-and-a-half times the legal limit.

The accident happened on 28th August last year on the A620 Retford Road between North Wheatley and Clarborough.

His partner Penny Good, 32, also of New Inn Walk, pleaded guilty to neglecting the children.

Gregory Dickinson, prosecuting on Thursday last week, said there was a clear danger in transporting five youngsters effectively unrestrained in the rear of a "two plus two" saloon car.

Exton could not have been paying proper attention to the road ahead when Adele, a pupil at Carr Hill school, died.

He claimed not to have seen an on-coming car or its headlights until it was upon him, said Mr Dickinson.

But there was a good view ahead approaching a right hand bend. If there was a car, then Exton's reaction was heavy-handed because of the alcohol he had consumed.

Michael Evans, defending, asked for a medical report on Exton who under went an operation for internal bleeding.

Recorder Michael Pert adjourned sentencing on both accused until the week commencing 20th October for reports to be prepared.

Exton was banned from driving in the meantime.