Young killer driver jailed

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by James Luckhurst

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 17.39.14A “boy racer” has been jailed for nine years after admitting causing the deaths of two girls who he hit with his car.  Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, were hit by a Honda Civic in November in Gosport, Hampshire.  Samuel Etherington, 20, had taken ketamine and mephedrone before the accident.  He had denied two counts of manslaughter but admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The pleas were accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at Winchester Crown Court.  Etherington was also banned from driving for seven years and must take an extended driving test on his release.

Jailing Etherington, Judge Guy Boney QC said it was one of the most serious cases of death by dangerous driving seen by the courts for a very long time.  He said: “You are quite simply a menace behind the steering wheel of car.

“Although, we accept that he did not intend to kill Olivia and Jasmine, the fact remains that he did kill them as a result of a completely unnecessary and genuinely appalling piece of deliberate dangerous driving, exacerbated by his decision to drive having consumed ketamine and mephedrone earlier that night.

“For you, the sentence which has to be passed will be a life-changing event. For your two victims, it’s worse than that.  For them is was a life-ending event, their lives snuffed out before they had barely started.”

Pic courtesy of Hampshire Police