Jason Pitter QC and Ben Campbell prosecuted the driver and passengers of a stolen HGV that had been driven around South Yorkshire over the course of 2 days. It ultimately crashed leaving a scene of “utter carnage” which included the death of a pedestrian walking near her home, injury to another road user, several cars destroyed and the partial demolition of a family home. The case attracted wide spread publicity.
Following, a two week trial in respect of the 3 passengers where the issue was their participation on a joint enterprise basis, all of the defendants were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking. They were sentenced to a combined total of 48 years (sentences ranging from 10½ to 13 years). The Judge took as a starting point the maximum sentence for the offences. Nick Lumley QC led Richard Thyne (St Johns Street Chambers) and Bertie Woodcock QC led Richard Barradel (KBW) for two of the Defendants.
The case was reported here: