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Young brothers killed by hit-run driver who was just out of prison

Mown down: Casper and Corey Platt-May PICTURE: ENTERPRISE NEWS AND PICTURES

A DRIVER who killed two young brothers in a hit-and-run crash had been released from prison less than a week before after serving time for possessing an offensive weapon.

Release: Robert Brown was freed six days before from a jail term for possessing a weapon PICTURE: SWNS

Robert Brown yesterday admitted causing the deaths of Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two, by dangerous driving on February 22.

The boys were with their mother in Coventry at 2pm when a Ford Focus, driven by Brown, ploughed into them.

Both boys died later in hospital. Their mother was unhurt.

Brown, 53, had been jailed last year for possessing an offensive weapon and had been let out on licence just six days before the fatal crash.

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and using a vehicle without insurance or a licence.

Abandoned: The Focus after crash PICTURE: PA

His passenger Gwendoline Harrison, 42, admitted assault intending to resist arrest after she hit a member of the public who was trying to stop the pair from escaping.

The boys’ mother, Louise Platt-May, has described her sons as ‘amazing’ and said they would ‘be deeply missed’. She said: ‘Casper was a cheeky little boy. But he was so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them.

Passenger: Gwendoline Harrison PICTURE: SWNS

‘Corey was an amazing boy. He never kept still, always had to be doing something and coming up with ideas of things to do.’

Brown, of Coventry, was remanded in custody at Warwick crown court. Judge Anthony Potter adjourned sentencing until April 27. Tyrone Smith QC, defending, said: ‘The mitigation I am likely to put forward is the plea.’