A MAN from Basingstoke charged with death by dangerous driving has not entered a plea in his case.

Dean Phoenix, 43 of Chineham, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court via video link on Friday in relation to the death of three-year-old Jaiden Mangan a day before his fourth birthday.

Mr Phoenix was driving a Sainsbury’s deliver lorry in North Street, Wareham, on March 29 of this year, when his vehicle collided with the three-year-old, known as JJ, who was crossing the road with his family at a pedestrian crossing.

The 43-year-old was arrested at the scene.

Mr Phoenix did not enter a plea and his case was adjourned. He will appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on December 13.

Also on Friday, 71-year-old Graham Booker, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court after admitting to traffic offences in relation to the collision on March 29.

Booker left his Vauxhall Astra on the zig zag lines at the North Street crossing as he moved his possessions into a nearby flat.

The manoeuvre caused a chicane-effect, with oncoming traffic having to pull out and drive around the Astra.

Prosecutors allege that one of those vehicles was a Sainsbury's articulated lorry, which then struck Jaiden as he used the crossing.

The court was shown CCTV footage which showed Booker crossing into the wrong lane to park on the side of the road closest to his flat, facing oncoming traffic.

The defendant then went into the property while traffic built up behind the Astra.