Two men have today (May 19) been jailed for nine years for their part in a high-speed road race which left four people dead.
In addition, 10 of 11 further defendants who went to watch the illegal race also received jail sentences today after the CPS successfully demonstrated they had encouraged those involved to break the law. Sentencing on the remaining member of the group was adjourned to a later date.
Driver Daniel Raynor, 24, and his passenger Matthew Todd, 23, were racing a high-powered car at speeds of over 140mph along a road in West Yorkshire in September 2015, when the vehicle hit a quad bike. The four young people on the bike - Brandon Brown, Ryan Beal, Terrie Kirby and Alexandra Binns - were killed instantly.
Today, Raynor and Todd were both sentenced to nine years imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to four charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
The group of 11 people who had travelled to watch the illegal race were also sentenced to between nine months and a year in prison today – nine had pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting dangerous driving and two were convicted after trial.
Ed Hulbert, from the CPS, said:
“This was an appalling tragedy. Four young people had their lives cut short needlessly by individuals who participated in reckless timed racing encouraged by a group of ‘spectators’.
“Working with the police, we were able to build a very strong case, and 11 of the defendants, including the driver and passenger in the car, pleaded guilty before trial. We were able to demonstrate that those present were actively encouraging the dangerous driving, which ultimately caused these deaths.
“This case will hopefully act as a deterrent to people who might be tempted to drive in such a thoughtless and dangerous way, or anyone who might encourage others to do so.”
Notes to editors
- Ed Hulbert is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
Charges and sentences
- Causing death by dangerous driving:
Daniel Raynor – nine years imprisonment and 15-year driving disqualification
Matthew Todd - nine years imprisonment and 10-year driving disqualification
- Encouraging or assisting dangerous driving:
Stephen Hebden – 12 months’ imprisonment
Nathan Jackson - 12 months’ imprisonment
Gemma Layton - 42 weeks’ imprisonment
Jason Ogilvie - 46 weeks’ imprisonment
Andrew Kirkwood - 42 weeks’ imprisonment
Clarke Henfrey - 46 weeks’ imprisonment
Samuel Rowley - sentencing adjourned to a later date
Mark Mason - 46 weeks’ imprisonment
Jack Dickinson-Ellis - 46 weeks’ imprisonment
Jake Hackleton - 46 weeks’ imprisonment
Jacob Ward - 46 weeks’ imprisonment