Two in court after tragic death of a respected North East pensioner

Teenager faces charge over the death of a respected North East pensioner

Daniel Brownlee, right, who appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court, charged with death by dangerous driving, and Paul Brownlee, left, who was charged with providing a false statment. Pic by Paul Norris
Daniel Brownlee, right, who appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court, charged with death by dangerous driving, and Paul Brownlee, left, who was charged with providing a false statment.

A man has appeared in court accused of causing the death of a respected North East pensioner.

Roy Toogood, 66, of Cullercoats, North Tyneside, lost his life after a collision on the A1058 Beach Road, in North Shields, in February.

He was initially taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment, but later died.

Yesterday, Daniel Brownlee, 18, of Preston Terrace, West Allotment, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Paul Brownlee, 41, of Thirlmere Close, Killingworth, was charged with making a false statement to obtain insurance.

The alleged offence took place between March 1 and August 31 last year.

During the brief hearing, prosecutor Justin Gibson said the cases were linked and he asked for them to be transferred to Newcastle Crown Court.

No pleas were taken and the case was adjourned to be heard at crown court on August 22. Daniel was released on conditional bail, while Paul was given unconditional bail.

Mr Toogood, who received an MBE for his work with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, worked at the Inland Revenue’s international services department, in Longbenton, for many years. His job involved working with high-ranking foreign officials on complex tax issues and his work took him to countries including Canada, Korea, Japan and Chile.

Moving tributes were paid to him after his death.

He was described as a “good man who had worked hard over the years”.

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