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