Samuel Etherington was jailed for nine years for killing two teens with his car after taking drugs but is appealing the sentence

Samuel Etherington

Samuel Etherington

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A YOUNG driver jailed for nine years after killing two teenagers with his car after taking drugs is appealing his sentence.

Samuel Etherington admitted causing the deaths of Jasmine Allsop, 14 and her 16-year-old friend Olivia Lewry by dangerous driving last November in Gosport.

But the 20-year-old, of Stoners Close, has been granted the right to appeal his prison sentence and his case will be heard in the Court of Appeal in London later this week.

When his was jailed at Winchester Crown Court earlier this year, Judge Guy Boney QC said it was one of the most serious cases of death by dangerous driving seen by the courts for a very long time.

Etherington was driving a modified green Honda Civic car that hit Jasmine and Olivia in Ann's Hill Road, Gosport, at about 4.15am on November 3 last year.

Jasmine, a pupil at Brune Park Community School, who lived just yards from where the crash happened, died at the scene while her friend, Olivia, who attended St Vincent College, died later in hospital.

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2:22pm Wed 30 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

yep appeal it and hope they double it
yep appeal it and hope they double it elvisimo
  • Score: 50

2:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Eric_Cartman says...

Lowell, according to the BBC, his senyance is being reviewed to consider whether it was too lenient...
Lowell, according to the BBC, his senyance is being reviewed to consider whether it was too lenient... Eric_Cartman
  • Score: 29

2:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

9 years is a pathetic sentence for this kid, how he things appealing is a good idea is beyond me.
9 years is a pathetic sentence for this kid, how he things appealing is a good idea is beyond me. camerajuan
  • Score: 28

3:35pm Wed 30 Jul 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

if i was the father of one of the victims i would want him out earlier.
if i was the father of one of the victims i would want him out earlier. likewatchingbrazil
  • Score: 21

3:41pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sotontotty says...

Do the crime do the time! 9 years for taking the lives of these 2 beautiful young ladies isn't anywhere near long enough without all the other illegal things that would of probably happened prior to this tragic incident!
Do the crime do the time! 9 years for taking the lives of these 2 beautiful young ladies isn't anywhere near long enough without all the other illegal things that would of probably happened prior to this tragic incident! sotontotty
  • Score: 11

3:47pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sparkster says...

9 years is nothing compared to the lost lives of two teenagers. 9 years what a joke, the law is indeed an ****
9 years is nothing compared to the lost lives of two teenagers. 9 years what a joke, the law is indeed an **** sparkster
  • Score: 20

4:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Double it !!! 9 years for each victim would be a better sentance
Double it !!! 9 years for each victim would be a better sentance mickey01
  • Score: 18

4:30pm Wed 30 Jul 14

News Fanatic says...

I wonder how long Etherington thinks he should serve for killing two people? One month or just a slap on the wrist? Take it like a man - you caused their deaths. You have only yourself to blame.
I wonder how long Etherington thinks he should serve for killing two people? One month or just a slap on the wrist? Take it like a man - you caused their deaths. You have only yourself to blame. News Fanatic
  • Score: 14

4:42pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bigfella says...

Appealing 9 years? You're 20, you'll no doubt be out by the time you are 25-26, and have the rest of your life to rebuild, to live again. They are dead forever due to your decision to drive on drugs. Take your punishment like a man and shut the f**k up!
Appealing 9 years? You're 20, you'll no doubt be out by the time you are 25-26, and have the rest of your life to rebuild, to live again. They are dead forever due to your decision to drive on drugs. Take your punishment like a man and shut the f**k up! bigfella
  • Score: 27

5:48pm Wed 30 Jul 14

befriendly says...

Given the mentality of judges these days I think that as well as deciding guilt, a jury should advise the judge what they thought was a suitable sentence. The common man/woman often has a more sensible approach to things than those who think they know best.
Given the mentality of judges these days I think that as well as deciding guilt, a jury should advise the judge what they thought was a suitable sentence. The common man/woman often has a more sensible approach to things than those who think they know best. befriendly
  • Score: 12

6:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

loosehead says...

So I guess this will be the reason for his appeal?
"It wasn't my fault judge I was high on illegal drugs" He took the stuff he got in a car & drove it & killed two innocent people.
Too many people think driving a car whilst smoking a joint or taking other drugs is okay yet they find drink driving out of order?
I think neither is acceptable & if you do it then any accident you are involved in should be counted as premeditated .
This should be classified as premeditated murder but hey that's just how I feel about it.
So I guess this will be the reason for his appeal? "It wasn't my fault judge I was high on illegal drugs" He took the stuff he got in a car & drove it & killed two innocent people. Too many people think driving a car whilst smoking a joint or taking other drugs is okay yet they find drink driving out of order? I think neither is acceptable & if you do it then any accident you are involved in should be counted as premeditated . This should be classified as premeditated murder but hey that's just how I feel about it. loosehead
  • Score: 8

6:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

An appeal? He MURDERED 2 young girls he doesn't deserve to even have his appeal heard. He should have been given LIFE not the joke of just 9 years
An appeal? He MURDERED 2 young girls he doesn't deserve to even have his appeal heard. He should have been given LIFE not the joke of just 9 years Mary80
  • Score: 6

7:01pm Wed 30 Jul 14

STRIPEY51 says...

This is beyond belief, he should think himself vey lucky to have only got 9 years, he would only serve about half that, the parents of those lovely girls who he killed have got a life sentence , I know all about this as my son was killed when he was eighteen by a mad driver who basically got away with a fine and ban, me and my wife are serving our life sentence, we have done
15 years so far with many left to do, as there is not a day goes buy where we don't think about our son, and always will.
This is beyond belief, he should think himself vey lucky to have only got 9 years, he would only serve about half that, the parents of those lovely girls who he killed have got a life sentence , I know all about this as my son was killed when he was eighteen by a mad driver who basically got away with a fine and ban, me and my wife are serving our life sentence, we have done 15 years so far with many left to do, as there is not a day goes buy where we don't think about our son, and always will. STRIPEY51
  • Score: 11

7:30pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Stubs says...

There are some dangerous drivers out there these days and this person is one of them. Why do people drive like there on some race track. Hope the police crack down on these boy racers. Hope he gets all he deserves.
There are some dangerous drivers out there these days and this person is one of them. Why do people drive like there on some race track. Hope the police crack down on these boy racers. Hope he gets all he deserves. Stubs
  • Score: 3

7:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Lazy says...

Appealing the 9 years for taking drugs and killing two young girls and driving off (Hit and Run) leaving them to die ?? .... You couldnt make this up !! ... DOUBLE THE SENTENCE !!!!!
Appealing the 9 years for taking drugs and killing two young girls and driving off (Hit and Run) leaving them to die ?? .... You couldnt make this up !! ... DOUBLE THE SENTENCE !!!!! Lazy
  • Score: 9

8:04pm Wed 30 Jul 14

redsnapper says...

Triple the sentence. The toe rag took 2 lives.
Triple the sentence. The toe rag took 2 lives. redsnapper
  • Score: 9

9:07pm Wed 30 Jul 14

loosehead says...

maybe they could take him to afghanistan to walk in front of the trucks & look for Road bombs & let him be high to soften the blow after he's stood on one.
maybe they could take him to afghanistan to walk in front of the trucks & look for Road bombs & let him be high to soften the blow after he's stood on one. loosehead
  • Score: 9

11:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sparkster says...

I like your thinking loosehead, good one
I like your thinking loosehead, good one sparkster
  • Score: 3

12:35am Thu 31 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

This case is one of many examples that shows our judges are out of touch with reality when handing out jail terms. If your actions cost lives then it should automatically give you a life sentence, and i mean you spend the rest of your life in prison none of this "you get out in half the time with good behaviour" BS that is rife. He took drugs, got behind the wheel, ran over 2 girls and to top it off the scumbag DROVE OFF....leaving the girls to die, he in no way deserves an appeal and i hope and pray he does not get one. In what way does this utter twonk think his sentence is too harsh? Nobody forced him to take drugs nor was he forced to drive and he darn sure wasn't forced into driving away leaving 2 human beings to DIE.
This case is one of many examples that shows our judges are out of touch with reality when handing out jail terms. If your actions cost lives then it should automatically give you a life sentence, and i mean you spend the rest of your life in prison none of this "you get out in half the time with good behaviour" BS that is rife. He took drugs, got behind the wheel, ran over 2 girls and to top it off the scumbag DROVE OFF....leaving the girls to die, he in no way deserves an appeal and i hope and pray he does not get one. In what way does this utter twonk think his sentence is too harsh? Nobody forced him to take drugs nor was he forced to drive and he darn sure wasn't forced into driving away leaving 2 human beings to DIE. Mary80
  • Score: 3

7:57am Thu 31 Jul 14

joiner123 says...

I thought I'd read when all this was going on that he'd targeted and hit them on purpose. Why isn't it murder. Or did the judge think it wasn't his fault because society made him take drugs. Idiots.
I thought I'd read when all this was going on that he'd targeted and hit them on purpose. Why isn't it murder. Or did the judge think it wasn't his fault because society made him take drugs. Idiots. joiner123
  • Score: 3

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