Lovell and Cox sentenced for Hanham tandem crash


Nicholas Lovell was today handed 10½ years imprisonment, the maximum possible sentence, for causing the deaths of Clare and Ross Simons by dangerous driving in Hanham, South Gloucestershire in January this year. Louise Cox was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice in relation to the same incident. Lovell was also disqualified from driving for life.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn said: "The CPS worked closely with Avon and Somerset police throughout this case and it is a testament to the dedication of the whole prosecution team that Nicky Lovell and Louise Cox pleaded guilty at an early stage.

"There can be no doubt that the offence of causing death by dangerous driving is devastating for the families of the victims, but many people do not realise the consequences of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The sentences passed today and the remarks of the Honourable Mr Justice Haddon-Cave illustrate just how seriously the Criminal Justice System takes both these crimes.

"Nothing will compensate the families of Ross and Clare Simons for their loss but I hope the conclusion of this case will at least bring them some comfort. Our thoughts are with them today."

 The CPS authorised Nicholas Lovell to be charged with driving while disqualified and two counts of death by dangerous driving on 29 January. Louise Cox was charged with perverting the course of justice on 28 February.