Teenager to be sentenced today for causing five deaths in Leeds Stonegate Road horror crash

A FIFTEEN year old boy is due to be sentenced today for five offences of causing death by dangerous driving over a horror crash which killed three children and two men in Leeds.

Friday, 26th January 2018, 6:58 am
Updated Friday, 26th January 2018, 9:40 am

The teenager, who cannot be identified, is expected to appear before Leeds Crown Court this morning over the collision on Stonegate Road, Meanwood.

The charges relate to the deaths of Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12, Elliott Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, Darnell Harte, 15, Robbie Meerun and Anthony Armour, both 24.

A judge warned him at the last court hearing that it was likely he would be “locked up for quite a long time.”

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The incident happened shortly before 10pm on November 25 when the Renault Clio they were in crashed into a tree.

The vehicle had been stolen earlier that day.

The youngster is expected to appear before the court via a video link from custody.

The slightly-built, dark haired teenager appeared on screen with his arm in a sling when he entered guilty pleas during a 20-minute hearing on December 13.

People wept in the public gallery as the teenager entered the guilty pleas.

The case was adjourned to allow for a full collision investigation report before sentencing.

The court heard time was also needed to prepare youth offending reports.

The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, told the teenager on the last occasion: “The prosecution will be putting together paperwork to describe what happened on that night so that we have got a full account from an expert.”

He added: “In the meantime the youth offending team will be talking with you and preparing a report for me about you, about your background and what you think and feel about what happened on that night, and any proposals they have.

“This is a very serious thing you have admitted and it is almost inevitable that there will be a custodial sentence.

“Effectively, you will be locked up for quite a long time. That is something I will have to think very carefully about.”