15 year old sentenced to four and a half years in detention for five charges of causing death by dangerous driving

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A 15 year old youth has today (26 January) been sentenced to four and a half years in detention and a five year driving disqualification upon release for causing the deaths of five young people by dangerous driving. The teenager pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court on the 13th December 2017.

The charges arise from an incident on 25 November 2017 in which the youth, who was driving a stolen Renault Clio with the five victims as passengers, lost control whilst driving the car at high speed in Meanwood, a residential part of Leeds. The car ploughed into a tree and all five passengers, who were aged between 12 and 28, were killed.

David Holderness from the CPS said: “This was a truly shocking crime in which five young people lost their lives.

“The defendant acted in a supremely dangerous way, driving erratically and at speeds  of around 88 mph in a residential area. Tragically his victims paid the price of the driver's utter irresponsibility with their lives. Our thoughts remain with their families and friends, and I hope the sentences passed today are of some comfort to them in their grief."

Notes to editors

  • David Holderness is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.

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