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Jade Clark death crash driver told wife 'series of lies', court told
7:11am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THE driver who caused the death of Hampshire teenager Jade Clark told his wife a series of lies, a court heard.
Maureen Hampton told Bournemouth Crown Court that her husband Brian had called her that evening, February 24, to say his Volvo XC90 had stopped due to a problem with the engine.
Brian Hampton, 58, stands accused of perverting the course of justice in the A31 crash near Ringwood which claimed the 16-year-old scooter rider’s life.
Mrs Hampton said her husband had told her he was staying in Poole while he found a way to get the car and himself back to Kent where they lived.
But the jury were shown a bank statement which indicated he had been staying at a Holiday Inn in Kent – ten minutes from home.
Prosecutor Simon Jones also showed the jury a receipt from MC Motors for £2,973.24 for the repairs made to Hampton’s Volvo.
Mrs Hampton told the court she didn’t know her husband was disqualified from driving and was unaware he’d been in court and received a driving ban on June 29, 2012.
The 26-month ban followed a drink-driving conviction.
The court has previously heard that Hampton, 58, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving on February 24 this year. He has also admitted to driving without insurance while disqualified.
Jade Clark’s scooter was locked to the front of Hampton’s Volvo XC90 and propelled along the A31 for between 11 and 22 metres, the jury heard.
PC Clifton Beard said the tail of the scooter had penetrated the grill area of the Volvo and forced the plastic grill into the radiator stack. It damaged four radiators which caused coolant to leak on to the road.
He said pieces of the front grill from a Volvo XC90 were recovered from the scene the morning after the accident.
Hampton stands accused of perverting the course of justice by arranging for collision damage to be repaired to his Volvo XC90 in a bid to evade justice.
Hampton, of Hornash Lane in Shadoxhurst, Ashford, Kent, denies the charge. He was due to give evidence today.
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