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Jade Clark death crash: Day two 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.
- Simon Jones prosecutes and Pierce Wauchope represents Hampton.
Court has finished for the day.
Back at 10am tomorrow.
See tomorrow's Daily Echo and bournemouthecho.co.uk for the full coverage.
There has been a short delay in proceedings.
In interview police showed Hampton statements from drivers at the scene.
He replied: "I have told you lots of porkies but one thing I did not tell porkies about was I did not hit that young lady."
In police interview Hampton told officers he did not see a collision or was involved in any collision that day. He said he was activity behind him but carried on his journey to Poole.
The jury hears that Hampton was also charged with failing to report and accident and failing to stop at the scene of an accident and these matters are still "live".
PC Griffiths has finished giving evidence.
He said Brian Hampton did not make any contact with a police officer about the collision prior to his arrest.
The officer in the case, PC Rhys Griffiths is now giving evidence. He tells the court that a major incident room was established following the failing to stop collision involving officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team and Dorset’s traffic department.
He said within a few days of the collision it was apparent that the outstanding vehicle was a Volvo XC90 manufactured between 2003 and 2007.
A number of Volvo XC90s were identified using the ANPR system, searches of the police national computer, vehicles registered in Dorset and surrounding counties.
He said the investigation was “wide-reaching".
Jury told that Brian Hampton has previously pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, driving whilst disqualified on two dates and using a motor vehicle on the same dates.
A list of admissions are now being read to the court:
On June 29, 2012, Hampton was sentenced for driving with excess alcohol on May 2012.
He was disqualified for 26 months.
Jade Clark was 16 years old when she died and was not under the influence of alcohol. She died as a result of a severe head injury.
He then told police: "I did see an accident but I certainly wasn't involved".
Brian Hampton was arrested on March 21.
His vehilce was seen travelling along Ashford Road, Ashford, Kent, and into Hornash Lane and into his driveway.
On his arrest, Hampton made no reply. When he was searched, Hampton replied: "I have no idea what this is all about."
Hampton admitted to driving whilst disqualified.
PC Beard has now finished giving evidence.
Asked about his findings PC Beard said: "The interaction between the Volvo and scooter has happened within the driver’s primary field of view.
“There is little doubt, although we are not talking about a massive impact, we are still talking about a forceful impact. That would have sent a significant jolt through the Volvo.
“We are talking about interaction between 11 and 22 meters and in that time the evidence suggests the scooter was wedged into the Volvo and pushed along the road.
“That would have caused significant amount of shaking and vibration through the Volvo.”
PC Beard tells the court that the Volvo and Jade's scooter would have been locked together for a distance of between 11m and 22 meters.
PC Beard: "The physical evidence was the front of the Volvo struck the rear of the scooter within lane three of the south westbound carriageway. It did that while the scooter was in an upright position.
"Although a forceful impact it wasn't catastrophic. The scooter would have been rapidly accelerated to the speed of the Volvo at the point of the collision."
He said damage on the Volvo included the radiator guard plate to be forced upward. It damaged four radiators. This caused the radiator to leak rapidly and deposit on the road.
The tail of the scooter had penetrated the grill area of the Volvo and had forced the plastic grill into the radiator stack.
The rest of the Volvo badge has never been recovered.
Recovered from the scene was the slant from the badge of the Volvo and one of the black rectangle plastic pieces.
They were found on the carriageway.
The parts are now being handed to the jury to view.
PC Beard is now idenfitying pieces recovered from the collision scene from the A31 which come from part of the grill.
He says it is an example of a full grill like the one seen in this case.
PC Beard is now showing the court a front grill of a Volvo XC90.
PC Clifton Beard is now being called to give evidence.
On Friday March 22 this year PC Green went to Weymouth police station to examine a Volxo XC90.
It had already been repaired.
PC Jason Green is now about to give evidence.
Court breaks for lunch.
1.50pm on Mon Feb 25 Brian Hampton going to his car in the car park.
2.07pm Brian Hampton leaving Premier Inn exit
Next entry on the timeline is the Volvo XC90 on the A31 eastbound - no grill trim in that photo.
At 4.20pm Volvo is in Surrey
At 11.38pm Brian Hampton checks into Holiday Inn in Ashford
Checked out 10.09am on Wednesday February 27
12.20pm Brian Hampton arrives at MC Motors.
He was arrested on March 21.
At 9.02pm CCTV footage of vehicle arriving at the Premier Inn.
At 9.12pm Brian Hampton inside the hotel.
Email sent at 4.06am on Monday February 25 from Brian Hampton to work in which he claims his feet are too swollen.
At 8.18pm the prosecution say the fatal collision happened.
The images are from ANPR cameras on the road.
On Feb 16 the front grill trim on Hampton's Volvo XC90 is in tact.
On Feb 24 at 5.20pm vehicle seen in Ashford in Kent
At 6.04pm it is seen on M25 in Surrey.
At 6.59pm on M3 south Farnborough.
At 7.19pm on M3 Strattons
The jury are now being shown this timeline.
Suzanne Chilcraft is an information researcher for Dorset Police and was asked to produce a time-line depicting Brian Hampton and his vehicle's movements between February 16 and March 21 this year.
PC Wandless - all exhibits were taken to Poole for safe storage.
Statement from PC Gary Wandless being read to the court.
He is a collision investigator for Dorset Police.
He examined the scene on Monday February 25.
He recovered a number of items of debris from the scene.
At 9am searched the scene to collect the exhibits one lane at a time.
Next witness is Anthony Austen who works for MC Motors as a paint sprayer.
He said he heard that the damage had been caused by the vehicle hitting a deer. "There wasn't any blood or fur on the car. Usually with something that large you would have something on there in my experience."
He said both him and Jason Gilbert fixed the car about a week later.
Mr Gilbert has finished giving evidence.
Mr Gilbert said he asked Hampton whether he would be claiming on the insurance but Hampton said he only had third party fire and theft cover.
Mr Gilbert said: "There was quite a lot of damage. The Volvo grill was completely missing. There was damage to the bonnet as well."
Asked by Mr Jones what he thought of Brian Hampton's version of him having hit a deer, Mr Gilbert said: "I didn't believe it to be true.
"Normally with vehicles that have struck animals there is evidence of fur on the components and in this case there wasn't any."
Mr Gilbert said: "He said that he had struck a deer coming back from Challock in Kingswood - a wooded area."
"He was quite shaken up and said he had to wait for the police and RSPCA to arrive."
Said the man had asked for a quote for the repairs.
He later established his name was Brian Hampton.
Next witness is Jason Gilbert - he works for MC Motors in Ashford in Kent in the body shop repairs.
On Wed February 27 this year, at 12.15pm he was working in the shop and a man came in with a Volxo XC90.
Mrs Hampton has now finished giving evidence.
Mrs Hampton said it had been "one thing after another" and Brian had previously had an accident in his Jag.
Defence are asking Mrs Hampton about differences in her statements and whether Brian called her on the night of the accident or not.
She said: "I was in shock. One minute a young girl had died. He was being accused of hit and run. I had also found out he had lost his licence which I hadn't found out about. I was in tourmoil."
Speaking about her husband's health on February 24 - the day of the accident - Mrs Hampton said: "He wasn't well. He didn't want to go because he was unwell. He shouldn't have gone really. He wasn't well enough to drive to be honest."
She said her husband was worried about not going to work because of all the time he'd had off.
She said he had been in hospital for 10 days. He told her he had a really bad infection.
"Said he only had two days to live. Said he got the infection when we went to Africa 20 years before that. The infection had laid dormant. I believed that because when I went to Zambia I got a bad infection."
She said Brian has diabetes and as a result suffers swollen ankles.
In February this year they had four vehicles.
Volvo XC90, Jaguar, Qashqai and a Nissan
Mrs Hampton says Brian arrived home on Tuesday February 26 or Wednesday February 27.
She tells the court it is hard to remember exactly as it was more than six months ago.
Def is asking Mrs Hampton about her statement on March 21 when she tells police Brian left home at 5pm on February 24 and she next spoke to him the following morning when he said the car had broken down the night before.
She has submitted a statement this morning where she says Brian called her at 8.30pm on Sunday February 24 to tell her about the breakdown.
Def is putting it to Mrs Hampton that no phone conversation was made on February 24.
Mrs Hampton said: "That was wrong. That is why I spoke to the polce today and I have got it right. He phoned at 8.30pm and said it had stopped."
Mrs Hampton says she gave three statements to the police, one on March 21 this year.
Another statement was made this morning before court.
Mrs Hampton is now being cross examined by Pierce Wauchope for the defence.
Mrs Hampton said Brian Hampton bought the car for £7,000.
Mrs Hampton is now looking at a letter Brian Hampton had written to her. It was written in June after he was charged.
"I was too scared to tell you about it (the driving ban), and I knew that if I told work I would be sacked. So tried to bluff it out until the ban was over.
"I swear with all my heart that I did not hit that poor girl on the scooter."
Jury are being shown a visa debit receipt from MC Motors for £2,973.24 for the repair parts for Brian Hampton's Volvo XC90.
Mrs Hampton said the money came out of their joint account.
Mrs Hampton tells the court that in the days between the accident and when she saw him at home, Hampton said he was staying in Poole and was trying to find a way of getting the car and himself back to Kent.
But a bank statement later showed that he was in fact staying 10 minutes from home in Ashford, Kent, Mrs Hampton said.
Mrs Hampton said she next saw her husband at home on the Wednesday or Thursday. "When I came home he was in bed."
The next day was Hamton's birthday and Mrs Hampton called him.
She said: "I asked about the car and he said it was in a garage in Poole."
She said her husband told her the damage would be around £4,000 but she wasn't worried because they had paid £500 for a warranty that would pay for a new engine.
She said Hampton left home in Kent for Poole at around 5pm on Sunday February 24.
She said the next contact was later that evening.
"He phoned about 8.30pm that evening and said the car had stopped.
"He thought it might have been the engine.
"He was going to call the recovery truck."
Mrs Hampton said on Sunday February 24 this year she was not aware of any accident damage to the Volvo XC90, which Mr Hampton bought in October 2012.
They had taken out a years warranty when they bought it.
Maureen Hampton tells court that on Sunday February 24 - the day of the accident - she didn't know her husband was disqualified from driving.
She was unaware he had gone to court on June 29, 2012, where he received the driving ban.
Simon Jones is now calling Brian Hampton's wife Maureen Hampton to give evidence.
Good morning, Paula Roberts reporting this morning.
We are just waiting for day two of the trial to begin.
Everyone has been called to court five.
Here's the CCTV footage we mentioned earlier that the prosecution played to the jury of Brian Hampton looking at his car the morning after the accident while it was parked at the Premier Inn on Holes Bay Road in Poole.
While we're waiting for the CCTV, here are links to coverage from day one of the trial:
Morning all. The trial is due to start at 10.30am today where Paula Roberts will continue to bring you live coverage.
We're expecting to bring you CCTV footage which was shown to the jury yesterday of Brian Hampton examining the front of his car in the car park of the Holes Bay Premier Inn on the night of February 24.