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Death crash driver appeals for cut in prison sentence
1:57pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Headlines
THE former paramedic who caused a crash that resulted in the death of Ringwood teenager Jade Clark has launched an appeal to cut his jail term.
Brian Hampton will appeal the six-year sentence handed to him last month after being convicted of perverting the course of justice following the crash which killed Jade.
Lawyers acting for Hampton are set to take the case to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to overturn his sentence, but not his conviction.
A date for the hearing, which will take place in London, has not yet been set.
Hampton, 58, was found guilty by a jury following just 51 minutes of deliberations at Bournemouth Crown Court.
He was sent to prison for causing the crash on the A31 and then attempting to evade justice.
Hairdresser Jade, 16, was struck by Hampton’s Volvo XC90 as she travelled along the busy road near Ringwood on the evening of February 24 this year.
Hampton, himself a father-of-two, briefly stopped at the scene before driving off, which left the youngster exposed to fast-|moving traffic. She was struck by one or more vehicles and died at the scene from her injuries.
After the crash, Hampton, of Hornash Lane in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, arranged for damage to his car to be repaired at a garage in Kent. It was just one of a catalogue of lies he told following the horror crash in a bid to evade justice.
Police spent almost a month hunting for him, inspecting around 1,400 similar cars, before Hampton was arrested on March 21. He later pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, two counts of driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
Judge Samuel Wiggs gave him four years for perverting the course of justice and two for death by careless driving.
A statement read aloud to the court by Jade’s devastated mum Sharon said: “I wake in the night imagining her lying in the road crying out for her mum.
“It is almost unbearable.”
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