20-year-old sentenced to nine years for causing death by dangerous driving


Samuel Etherington, 20 from Gosport has today at Winchester Crown Court pleaded guilty to two offences of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment.

Following the sentence, Ian Harris, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex Complex Casework Unit said:"Samuel Etherington was charged with two offences of manslaughter and indicated at a hearing on January, 30, that he would plead guilty to two offences of causing death by dangerous driving. 

"Following written admission of his full responsibility for the tragic deaths of Olivia Lewry and Jasmine Allsop and following very careful consideration with Olivia and Jasmine's families, we have accepted those pleas. 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. 

"No words can convey the suffering that his actions have caused and no sentence can compensate for the dreadful loss of two young lives.  I would like to thank Hampshire Constabulary for their thorough investigation but most of all I would like to pay tribute to Olivia and Jasmines families for their dignity and fortitude in such tragic circumstances.  I hope that they will now be given an opportunity to grieve privately."