A PENSIONER who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving must be assessed as to whether he is fit to plead.

Peter Hatherall, 86, of Fishers Way, Kingscourt, Stroud, Gloucestershire, is accused of causing the death of Sandra Elliott in December 2020, due to dangerous driving.

His red Nissan Micra is said to have collided with a black Mercedes at around 5.20pm on December 1, 2020, on the A48 Cross Hands to Pont Abraham.

The crash, which saw the occupants of both cars taken to hospital for treatment, led to the death of Sandra Elliott on December 26 that year.


Questions have been raised in court hearings as to whether Hatherall is fit to plead and in a hearing at Swansea Crown Court on December 20, Owen Williams, defending, told the court that from a medical examination conducted by Dr. Martin Amsell, his client is not fit to plead.

Her Honour Judge Catherine Richards adjourned the case to February 21 to allow for the prosecution to carry out their own medical assessment of the defendant and ordered prosecutor Ashanti-Jade Walton to serve the report by February 21.

Hatherall has been remanded on unconditional bail, but is not required to appear in court for the next hearing.