WHAT HAVE I DONE KIDS? SOMETHING REALLY BAD, DADDY; Driver Tells of River Hunt for Gabby, 5

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WHAT HAVE I DONE KIDS? SOMETHING REALLY BAD, DADDY; Driver Tells of River Hunt for Gabby, 5


Byline: RICHARD SMITH

A DAD accused of murder after driving his children into an icy river claimed he did not know it was there yesterday.

Christopher Grady, 42, sobbed as he told a jury he turned to five-yearold daughter Gabby and said: "What the f*** have I done?" He said son Ryan, six, replied: "Something really bad, Dad."

Gabby died after being trapped in the submerged car for two hours. Ryan was saved by police divers.

Grady was on anti-depressants when he drove them into the freezing water 13 months ago.

He said the children's mum, his ex-partner Kim Smith, 37, had been trying to stop him seeing them.

But giving evidence yesterday, he said: "When my car went into the river, I didn't even know the river was there.

"I was driving down a field, I was just driving down a field.

"I would never ever hurt any of my children deliberately.

"It is possibly the hardest thing any father can ever have to deal with, losing their child.

"But to lose their child and be blamed for it is just like 100 times worse than just losing the child so I don't really know what kind of words can make me say how I feel about it to tell the truth."

Grady sobbed uncontrollably as he told of searching for Gabby inside the car as it sank into the River Avon in Evesham, Worcs. Asked if he wanted to continue, he replied: "I have been waiting to say this for a year." He went on: "I thought I was looking everywhere - I did look everywhere.

"I am under water with my eyes open and I could see the steering wheel, I knew where I was in the footwell, I grabbed the pedals. I looked everywhere.

I went down to try and find Gabby about five times and every time I was going down there I could feel these different things.

"The water was inside filling up really quickly. There was no panic to get Ryan out because as far as I knew I could see the water had stopped and it gave me more time to find Gabrielle. …

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