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Brian Hampton lied to cover up crash that killed Jade Clark on the A31 at Ringwood
7:05am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
HE thought he could get away with mowing down and causing the death of a teenager on one of Hampshire’s busiest roads.
But today Brian Hampton, below, is waking up behind bars having caused the death of Jade Clark – before fleeing the scene and trying to avoid justice.
The 58-year-old struck Jade’s red scooter from behind as she rode along the A31 near Ringwood earlier this year.
Jade’s scooter was hooked into the front grille of Hampton’s car before being propelled 11-22 metres along the road.
The heartless father-of-two briefly stopped at the scene before driving off, leaving the 16-year-old hairdresser exposed to the fast-moving traffic.
She was tragically struck by one or more vehicles and suffered catastrophic head injuries before dying at the scene.
Yesterday Hampton was found guilty of perverting the course of justice having told a catalogue of lies and arranging for crash damage on his car to be repaired.
After a judge jailed Hampton for six years, Jade’s mum Sharon said the jury had seen through his lies and that she would “never forgive him”.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Hampton, of Hornash Lane in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, Kent, deceived his wife, mechanics, colleagues and the police about how the front of his Volvo XC90 had been damaged following the crash on February 24 this year.
Hampton pleaded guilty in June to causing death by careless driving, two counts of driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
Pierce Wauchope, representing Hampton, said he was “absolutely devastated by what he did”.
After the case, Jade’s mother said yesterday she will never forgive Hampton for leaving her beautiful girl for dead.
But outside court, Sharon said the sentence “wasn’t enough”.
She added: “I’ll never forgive him, ever.
My heart will always cry for her. She had so much ahead of her.”
Reading a family statement, Sharon said: “We now know that Brian Hampton’s car did not kill Jade.
“What we do know is that he did knock her off her scooter and he left her on the road, at the mercy of other traffic.
“He could have stopped and tried to protect her; he could have gone to her aid and possibly saved her, but he selfishly chose to protect himself and drove around her. We can never forgive him for that.
“It’s clear that he has then done everything possible to cover up what he did.
“He lied to his work; lied to mechanics and even lied to his wife. Today, the jury have seen through his lies and found him guilty.
“Brian Hampton has never once admitted knocking Jade off her scooter; never apologised for what he has done and never shown any remorse.
“No sentence he gets will ever bring Jade back. One day, he will be able to continue with his life.
“Ours will be a life sentence – spending the rest of our lives without Jade.”
Dad Billy Herald, below,, 41, of New Milton, said Hampton was “totally heartless” for fleeing the scene.
“I couldn’t live with myself and I don’t know how he has managed to,” he said.
“His actions were totally heartless. He’s not got a care for Jade. He can’t be human.”
Judge Samuel Wiggs handed Hampton four years jail for perverting the course of justice and two years jail for death by careless driving, to run consecutively.
He was also jailed for four months for two counts of driving while disqualified to run concurrently.
He was banned from driving for seven years and told he would have to undertake an extended test.
Judge Wiggs told Hampton: “You killed a young girl who was driving her moped.
“This is a bad case of causing death by careless driving.”
He also ordered that Hampton’s £7,000 car be forfeited.
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