Two garage mechanics jailed for death of eight year old Ryan Fleming

20/03/2012

Two garage mechanics who took a customer’s Porsche for a joyride without permission have been sentenced for causing the death of an eight year old Essex boy.

32 year old Gary Reader and Timothy Smith, 19, were employed by Kwik Fit in Maldon when they decided to take the car, which had been brought in for new tyres, for an unauthorised drive. Travelling at excessive speed, they struck Ryan Fleming as he crossed the road.  

Both men admitted aggravated vehicle taking, while Reader admitted causing death by dangerous driving. Reader was jailed for six and a half years and Smith for 12 months at today's hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court. 

Speaking after sentencing, CPS East of England District Crown Prosecutor Frank O'Toole said: "The recklessness of Reader and Smith cost young Ryan Fleming his life. They took a car without the owner's permission, drove at excessive speed putting other road users and pedestrians at great risk, and ended up killing an eight year old who was crossing the road and stood no chance of getting out of the way.  

"After his arrest, Reader initially refused to admit that he had done anything wrong, claiming that he had permission to drive the Porsche and that he wasn't driving dangerously. It was only after extensive work by CPS prosecutors and the police that he finally admitted his guilt.

"While the sentences today imposed on both men send out a very clear signal that such behaviour cannot be tolerated in our society, nothing can compensate Ryan's family for their loss and I pay tribute to the bravery they have shown throughout this case."