Man found guilty of perverting the course of public justice following the death of 16-year-old Jade Clark

18/09/2013

A man was today found guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court of perverting the course of public justice after his car collided with a moped causing the death of a 16-year-old.

Simon Jones, Senior Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex said: "Brian Hampton knew very well that he had, at the very least, been involved in a serious road traffic collision and that it was his duty to stop. Whilst he was driving on the A31 road, on Sunday 24th February 2013, his car struck a moped that was ridden by a 16-year-old girl, Jade Clark.  As a result, Miss Clark fell into the third lane of the carriageway.  Brian Hampton drove around her, leaving her exposed to the fast moving traffic from behind.   The driver of a VW transporter mini bus was unable to avoid the collision, having no time to react.  He drove over what he initially believed to be debris but the impact caused catastrophic head injuries to Jade and her instant death. Her moped was fragmented into hundreds of pieces.

"It was the prosecution case that Brian Hampton sought to evade justice and it was the prosecution case that he specifically perverted the course of public justice by arranging for the damage to his own vehicle to subsequently be repaired.  He did this with only one purpose in mind, that being to ensure there could be no link between him, his vehicle and the collision that occurred on the A31 that day.

The issue in this case was not with whether the defendant caused Miss Clark's death through careless driving as he pleaded guilty to this offence at an earlier stage in the proceedings

Brian Hampton was a disqualified driver who drove without insurance at the time of the collision and caused a death by careless driving. Although he pleaded guilty to these offences, it was important to bring him before the court for perverting the course of public justice.

Today, the jury at Bournemouth Crown Court found him guilty of that offence and we hope that with this verdict will bring some kind of comforts to Jade's parents and family.

"Our thoughts are with them at this time."