Nicky Lovell and Louise Cox plead guilty for their parts in Hanham tandem deaths

24/04/2013

Today at Bristol Crown Court, Nicky Lovell pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons earlier this year. Louise Cox, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Nicky Lovell was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, as well as driving while disqualified; driving without third party insurance; and driving a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident.

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

"There can be no doubt of the devastation caused by causing death by dangerous driving but many people do not realise the consequences of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The CPS and the police take perverting the course of justice very seriously and will always prosecute where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.

"Nothing will compensate the families of Ross and Clare Simons for their loss but I hope today's outcome will at least bring them some closure. Our thoughts are with them today."

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Williams of Avon and Somerset Police said: "On Sunday January 27 of this year, Clare and Ross Simons needlessly lost their lives following a fatal collision on Lower Hanham Road.

"This collision was caused by Nicholas Lovell, a disqualified driver who got behind the wheel of the car and drove at speed, before losing control and striking the couple while they cycled.

"Nicholas Lovell then ran away from the scene in a bid to escape, leaving behind Louise Cox who then deliberately and callously set out to mislead police at the scene.

"The pleas entered today by both Nicholas Lovell and Louise Cox reflect that both have taken some responsibility for the deaths of Ross and Clare. While these pleas will never bring Ross and Clare back, I hope they go some way to providing comfort for their families."