Samuel Etherington in court over deaths of Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry in Gosport

Daily Echo: Olivia Lewry (right) and Jasmine Allsop (left) Olivia Lewry (right) and Jasmine Allsop (left)

A HAMPSHIRE man has today appeared in court on charges of double manslaughter.

Samuel Etherington is accused of killing Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, in Ann's Hill Road, Gosport, in the early hours of November 3 last year.

Etherington, 20, is alleged to have driven his Honda Civic in to the two Gosport teenagers.

Today Nicholas Haggan QC, prosecuting, said the case was not yet ready to proceed for Etherington, of Stoners Close, Gosport, to give a formal plea to the charges.

Mr Haggan said the defence had only just received important documents including an accident reconstruction, a vehicle examination and post mortem reports.

Judge Guy Boney QC adjourned the case for a plea and case management hearing on January 30.

Etherington, who appeared in the dock wearing a dark blue jumper and flanked by two security guards, was remanded in custody.

There was no application for bail.

The trial is due to last two weeks and has been provisionally scheduled for March 24.

Police were called to Ann's Hill Road at 4.15am following reports that a green Honda Civic had hit two girls. Jasmine died at the scene, while Olivia died later after being taken to hospital.

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