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Jade Clark death crash: Day one of the Brian Hampton trial
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- Brian Hampton is on trial for perverting the course of justice in the crash which claimed the life of Ringwood teenager Jade Clark.
- The 58-year-old denies the charge which dates between February 24 and March 22 this year.
- He has previously pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, driving a Volvo XC90 on two occasions whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
- Jade, 16, died from head injuries when she was knocked off her scooter on the A31 between the Verwood slip road and the Ashley Heath roundabout on February 24.
- The trial is being held at Bournemouth Crown Court and is due to last between four and five days.
That is all the evidence for today. Court is adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow.
More written evidence, this time from Hampton's HR manager at Signalling Solutions, where he had worked since 2009.
Stefanie Evans said the defendant was off sick from work between July and December 2012, and was working a mixture of hours on projects and at home in February this year to get back into it.
She said the firm's drivers had a strict 14 hours door-to-door working hours limit.
In the footage the defendant can be seen struggling with the bonnet of the Volvo for five minutes.
Now a statement from the hotel's maintenance man Phillip Frampton, read by Mr Jones.
The court is shown CCTV of him talking to Hampton at around 2.30pm on February 25, where, according to his statement, the latter complained that his bonnet wouldn't open, and examined damage to the side of his car.
He collects his key card and goes to the rooms.
Cross-examination now. No questions.
Hampton enters the reception area with bags and speaks to Mrs Cackett.
The witness and the jury are being shown CCTV footage from the hotel car park.
The silver Volvo 4x4 pulls up and a man gets out and checks the front of his car, then walks to the hotel reception.
Mrs Cackett is a hotel receptionist at the Holes Bay Premierer Inn, on duty on February 24 from 3-11pm.
"I recall this person coming into reception. I was there on my own, he approached the desk a bit unsure of himself.
"Then he said he had a booking.
"He seemed to be muttering to himself as he approached the desk."
The booking was akready paid for and Hampton checked in and left the reception.
The next witness is Julie Cackett, who will be called to the stand.
Court is adjourned for a few minutes.
The jury is out while CCTV evidence is prepared.
John Ward saw vehicles swerve in front of him, thinking they were struggling to get in lanes.
He saw a people carrier in front suddenly swerve to the left.
He saw debris on the road and drove over it. "There was only a split second, I had no time to react."
The steering wheel of his minibus vibrated and he sustained a punctured tyre and was forced to pull over.
Vicki Ottewill was driving with her eight-year-old son when an AA van in front of her slowed down with its hazards flashing.
"There was a very loud metallic crashing noise which made my son scream, and there were bits of metal flying through the air over the right side of the van."
Mr Jones says this was the second collision when the bike was on the ground.
Mr Green is now reading witness statements. First is Daphne Elliot, who was level with Jade's scooter when she heard an "almighty crash", and looking back saw Jade come off her scooter and skid along the road."
Asked about the traffic Mrs Allis says: "The traffic was fairly light, I don't recall any build-up."
"As the white van came across me I was already slowing. I had to slow faster."
Defence: "The second impact came as you phoned the emergency services."
"Yes, I called them the moment I stopped."
Mr Wauchope: "Did you see any sparks?"
"When the van went past did you hear another bang?"
No that was after.
She said she the bike looked like it was "crunched" into the front of the car, being pushed along by the car.
Mrs Allis is being cross examined now.
"Initially saw the car and rider upright, then the rider went over, that was as far as I saw.
"My first thought was to call the emergency services so I pulled over.
"A van came over and forced me to brake more quickly."
"I looked out of my window and saw two cars.
"I saw a 4x4 vehicle and a motorbike of some form, the bike looked as though the back was into the 4x4.
"Looked darker than I was expecting in that area. The two looked fairly dark. I was expecting to see more light."
While pulling onto the Spur Road she heard a "crunching crashing" sound.
The next witness is Kim Allis, another driver at the time of the crash.
She says there wasn't much traffic for that time of day.
In a brief cross-examination Mr Wauchope asked the witness to confirm that there was minimal traffic in front of the Volvo, and that he couldn't make out what was causing the sparks.
Defence: "After you saw the sparks you carried on past?"
Mr Wright: "I slowed down instinctively in case I needed to swerve, but I did carry on up the road."
Mr Wright said he had thought the vehicle might have a mechanical problem. He called the police the next day after seeing a news report on the incident.
Mr Wright has told the court he was overtaking the Volvo when he saw sparks coming off it, and it braked suddenly.
in the mirror he could see it was stopped with its lights on full beam.
Simon Jones: "This defendant sought to distance himself from the collision and conceal his involvement."
Mr Jones has called his first witness, David Wright, who was driving a black Fiat Panda behind Hampton's Volvo when the collision occurred.
Mr Jones says Hampton told the garage staff he had hit a deer near King's Wood, but they were suspicious as there was no blood or fur on the car.
He stayed at a Holiday Inn in Ashford, Kent, on the Monday and Tuesday nights, before taking the Volvo to a garage on Wednesday.
He says the defendant then stayed at a Premiere Inn where he was spotted on CCTV examining damage to the front of his Volvo.
Mr Jones is telling the jury about a phone call Hampton made to his wife Maureen on the morning of February, 25, claiming his car had a broken down.
Good afternoon, the jury are being called back in before the trial resumes.
Brian Hampton, 58, denies perverting the course of justice. The trial continues.
Court adjourns for lunch.
Simon Jones will continue his prosecution opening at 2.10pm.
Pros: At 4.06am on February 25 - the morning after the collision, Brian Hampton sends an email to his employers to say he would not be able to go to work that day because his feet were too swollen.
"This is the first of a series of lies."
Pros: CCTV cameras capture Brian Hampton arriving at the Premier Inn on Holes Bay Road in Poole at 9pm. The grill trim is missing.
The grill trim can also be seend to be in tact at 5.20pm on the day of the collision in Kent; at points on his journey to Dorset and at 8pm as he left a service station on the M27 in Southampton.
Pros: Hampton's car was captured on cameras in Kent, Hampshire and Dorset which showed his grill trim in tact.
These were captured on February 16 - eight days before the collision.
Pros: The focus of this case rests on the actions of the defendant from the point of the collision, leaving the scene.
The prosecution's case is the defendant knew full well that he had at the very least been involved in a serious road traffic collision.
It was his duty to stop. What the defendant did was to seek to evade justice and pervert the course of justice by arranging for the damage to his vehicle to be susequently repaired.
He did this with one purpose in mind - that being to ensure there could be no link between him, his vehicle and the collision that occured on the A31 that day.
Pros: The defendant pleaded guilty at this court to causing death by careless driving.
That motorist stopped as did other drivers.
However this defendant Brian Hampton had earlier driven off, effectively leaving Jade and the scene of this fatal road collision.
A motorist driving a VW minibus was unable to avoid the collision, having no time to react.
He drove over what he initially believed to be debris and caused catestrophic head injuries and instant death.
The moped was fragmented into hundreds of pieces.
Pros - That careless driving caused the moped to be swallowed up and pushed along the carriageway.
Jade fell into the middle of the carriageway. The defendant drove around her.
That left her exposed to the fast moving traffic.
Jade Clark was 16-years-old and was riding her moped.
Her moped was struck from behind by a Volvo XC90 which was being driven by this defendant.
Pros - At 8.15pm on Feruary 24 this year a fatal collision occured on the A31 just past Ringwood.
Simon Jones will now open the prosecution case.
The judge is addressing the jury.
There are seven men and five women on the jury panel.
The jury are now being sworn.
Jury selection is now underway.
Jade's family are in the public gallery in court.
Brian Hampton has now come into court.
The judge in the case is Judge Samuel Wiggs.
Prosecuting is Simon Jones.
And Pierce Wauchope is representing Brian Hampton.
The case has now been called on in court 5.
Short delay in things getting moving here but we are expecting the case to begin shortly.
Good morning. Paula Roberts reporting from Bournemouth Crown Court.
The trial has been listed to begin some time after 11.30am.