A TEENAGE yob who caused the death of four people, including a toddler, when his stolen car slammed into their people carrier bragged to police he would ‘do it again’.
Elliot Bower, 19, was driving a VW Golf carrying his brother Declan Bower, 23, and Mason Cartledge, 18, when it ploughed into a VW Touran during a 100mph police chase.
Jailing the ‘miserably wretched local criminals’ for a total of more than 27 years yesterday, Recorder of Sheffield Jeremy Richardson QC said they had brought ‘a catastrophe of the highest magnitude on two families’.
Sheffield crown court heard, at the time of the crash in the city, police were looking to question the brothers. They had taunted officers by responding to a ‘wanted’ Facebook post by sticking up their middle fingers in a photograph captioned ‘f*** da police’.
After the collision on November 9 last year, Elliot Bower told police: ‘I will get out and I will do bang the same thing again and you lot will have to chase me.’
He had led a marked police vehicle on a five-minute chase over almost six miles in dark and wet conditions, driving on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend and going the wrong way around a roundabout.
Footage taken from the police car showed it struggled to keep up with the Golf at speeds of up to 103mph.
The chase ended when the Golf ploughed into the Touran — killing driver Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, his 16-month-old son Muhammed Usman Bin Adnan, and married couple Vlasta Dunova, 41, and Miroslav Duna, 50.
Livia Matova, aged three, her mother Nikola Dunova, 22, and Mr Jarral’s wife Erika Kroscenova, 32, were seriously hurt. There was ‘virtually nothing left’ of the driver’s seat in the Touran, which had crumpled to about 4in wide, the court was told.
Judge Richardson said the crash was the result of ‘one of the worst examples of dangerous driving it has been my misfortune to consider’.
Calling for sentencing guidelines to be reviewed, he added: ‘It was both chilling and breath-taking in its horror.’ In a victim impact statement, Ms Kroscenova said her baby boy ‘gave her strength and appetite for life every day’ but never had a chance to call her ‘mummy’. She described Mr Jarral as ‘a great father and husband’.
Elliot Bower was sentenced to 11 and a half years after admitting death by dangerous driving.
Declan Bower and Cartledge were each sentenced to seven years and ten months after admitting aggravated vehicle taking.