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Rotherham man sentenced to five years for causing death by dangerous driving

|News, Driving offences

Jack Davenport (23) has today (7 March) been sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Philip Harper by dangerous driving, causing serious injuries to Patricia Harper by dangerous driving and causing death by driving while uninsured.

On 22 December 2017, Jack Davenport was driving his vehicle, a Toyota Starlet, at excessive speed on Car Hill, Rotherham when it was involved in a collision with a Toyota Yaris, driven by Patricia Harper. Mrs Harper’s husband, Philip was the front seat passenger. Mr Harper died on Boxing Day 2017 as a result of his injuries. Patricia Harper suffered a punctured lung and rib fractures.

Jack Davenport had purchased the car earlier that day. It was heavily modified and very powerful. The modifications, costing about £20,000, included substantial upgrades to the engine, suspension and braking system, replacement of  the standard seat belts with racing-style harnesses and fitting a rear anti-roll bar. Davenport had not declared these to the insurer so he was therefore also driving without valid insurance.

Caroline Tubb from the CPS said: “It is clear that Davenport was absolutely aware of the power and potential lethality of the vehicle he had just purchased. He nevertheless chose to drive it at dangerous speed and his actions resulted in the tragic death of Philip Harper and caused serious injuries to his wife, Patricia.

“The sentence passed today sends a strong message about the gravity of this type of offending.  We hope it is of some comfort to Mrs Harper and her family.”

Notes to editors

  • Caroline Tubb is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Sentence details:
    • Causing death of Philip Harper by dangerous driving - five years' imprisonment; disqualified from driving for four years, extended for two-and-a-half years (total disqualification six-and-a-half  years); extended test order
    • Causing serious injury to Patricia Harper by dangerous driving - two years concurrent
    • Causing death while driving when uninsured - two years concurrent
    • Total sentence - five years.

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