A 12-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a 60-year-old Marcia Grant after allegedly running her over with her own Honda Accord in Sheffield. The incident occurred outside her semi-detached home in the Greenhill area on Wednesday evening. Due to his age, the boy’s identity has been withheld.
The youngster appeared in Sheffield Youth Court on Saturday, facing charges of murder and possession of a bladed article. He is accused of reversing the car over Grant at high speed, causing fatal injuries. Throughout the court proceedings, the boy occasionally smiled as he listened to the prosecutor and two magistrates discuss the allegations against him.
Grant was declared dead at the scene of the incident outside her home on Hemper Lane, Greenhill. The charge of possession of a bladed article refers to a silver kitchen knife, allegedly discovered by police at the scene.
Standing in a glass-fronted dock accompanied by two security officers, the defendant confirmed his identity during the 30-minute hearing. Wearing a dark blue jumper, light blue shirt, and blue trousers, the boy was ordered to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.
During the hearing, the young suspect occasionally fidgeted and observed the courtroom. He was remanded into secure youth detention until his next court appearance by Alan Kelleher, the bench chair.
Prosecutor Gary Crothers provided an outline of the incident to the magistrates as they discussed the boy’s remand situation.
Following Grant’s tragic death, her family requested privacy as they cope with the loss and as investigations continue.
Several floral tributes were placed outside Grant’s property, which was cordoned off with police tape.