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Jade Clark death crash driver to appeal against six-year sentence
BRIAN Hampton will appeal the six-year sentence handed to him following his conviction over the crash that killed Jade Clark.
The health and safety executive was jailed last month after being convicted of perverting the course of justice following the crash which claimed the Ringwood teenager’s life.
But it has now been confirmed that he will take the case to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to overturn his sentence, but not his conviction.
A date for the hearing, which will take place in London, has not yet been set.
Hampton, 58, a former paramedic, was found guilty by a jury following just 51 minutes of deliberations at Bourne-mouth Crown Court.
He was sent to prison for causing the crash and then attempting to evade justice.
Hairdresser Jade, who was just 16, was struck by Hampton’s Volvo XC90 as she travelled along the A31 near Ringwood on the evening of February 24 this year.
Cruel Hampton, himself a father-of-two, briefly stopped at the scene before driving off, which left the youngster exposed to fast-moving traffic.
She was struck by one or more vehicles and died at the scene from her injuries.
After the crash, Hampton, of Hornash Lane in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, arranged for damage sustained to his car to be repaired at a garage in Kent.
It was just one of a catalogue of lies he told following the horror crash in a bid to evade justice.
Police spent almost a month hunting for him, inspecting around 1,400 Volvo XC90s, before Hampton was arrested on March 21.
He later pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, two counts of driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
Judge Samuel Wiggs gave him four years for perverting the course of justice and two for death by careless driving.
A statement read aloud to the court by Jade’s devastated mum Sharon said: “I wake in the night imagining her lying in the road crying out for her mum.
“It is almost unbearable.”
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