Revealed: Cameron Ward killer driver was street drug dealer

Wayne Payne who fatally injured five-year-old in accident receives fresh three-year prison sentence for possessing cocaine with intent to supply


A killer driver who fatally injured a boy of five peddled drugs after being bailed over the tragedy.

Wayne Payne – already serving a five-year jail term for knocking down tragic Cameron Ward – received a fresh three-year prison sentence for possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

The 31-year-old sparked outrage when he callously told Cameron’s family: “S**t happens, life goes on” as he left Birmingham Crown Court after a previous hearing.

A judge who sentenced Payne for the drug offence condemned him as a common street dealer.

Recorder Kevin Hegarty told him: “Society takes a dim view of people dealing in class A drugs.”

Phillip Beardwell, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court that police found almost five grammes of cocaine in a bag hidden inside a cooker at Payne’s home in Mount View, Sutton Coldfield, on October 4 last year.

Officers also recovered two bags of cutting agents from a kitchen worktop, along with a set of electronic scales and £380 stashed under a rug.

The judge said Payne, a self-employed car recovery driver with previous convictions for drugs offences, committed the offence after being bailed in connection with Cameron’s death.

Payne told the court he had used drugs for eight years and claimed he added a cutting agent to the cocaine to make it last longer.

Lewis Perry, defending, said there was no evidence of large-scale commercial dealing.

The three-year term will run consecutively to the five-year sentence imposed on Payne last month after he was found guilty of causing Cameron’s death by dangerous driving.

A jury took just 45 minutes to convict him of the motoring offence.

Jurors heard Payne was doing double the speed limit when his Vauxhall Vectra hit Cameron in Court Lane, Erdington, on April 1 last year.

The schoolboy’s dad John Ward was wheeling the Paget Primary pupil along on a pushbike ahead of mum Katie Lawrence and baby sister Ruby, who was just four-weeks-old at the time.

The trial heard Payne, who was also banned from driving for five years, was travelling at 61mph in a 30mph zone and he had not braked before the collision.

Birmingham Mail

These are screengrabs from Payne’s Facebook account.

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The article about the speeding conviction can be found here.

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