Jade Clark's hit and run killer Brian Hampton has appeal dismissed

Jade Clark's hit and run killer Brian Hampton has appeal dismissed

Jade Clark's killer Brian Hampton has lost his appeal and told he 'deserves every day' of his six year sentence

Jade Clark's killer Brian Hampton has lost his appeal and told he 'deserves every day' of his six year sentence

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JADE Clark's family say they are relieved that Brian Hampton lost his appeal almost exactly a year after he killed their girl.

The hit and run driver was jailed for six years in September last year after being convicted of perverting the course of justice following the crash which claimed the life of 16-year-old from Ringwood.

Just days after the anniversary of Jade's death her family said they were waiting on 'tenterhooks' to see if Hampton would be successful in overturning his sentence at the Court of Appeal.

Mum Sharon Clark said she felt relieved and said she has been watching the clock for days waiting to hear the result of the appeal.

She said: “We are relieved but if anything we wish he'd got longer than six years because the truth is he left Jade at the side of the road.”

Nan Linda Pidgley said: “At last the case has been thrown out and we just hope that this is the legal process done and dusted.

“But this isn't the outcome we wanted because we think he should have got much longer for what he did to Jade.”

Before his trial last year Hampton had admitted causing death by careless driving and driving whilst disqualified and uninsured, but denied and was found guilty by a jury of perverting the course of justice.

In his appeal yesterday, Hampton's barrister Piers Wauchope, argued before Mr Justice Sweeney, Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Stephen Kramer QC that his sentence was too tough.

But the three judges dismissed his appeal and said that he deserved every day of his sentence.

Justice Sweeney said: "In our view, the judge was entitled to take the view that significant aggravating features were present, namely the previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol, the fact of driving whilst disqualified and without insurance, and that he drove off knowing what had happened.

"It is clear that, whilst the repair of the car was achieved within a few days, the real purpose of the course of conduct undertaken was to endeavour to ensure that the police were unable to trace, arrest and prosecute him.

"It was set against lie after lie after lie."

Hairdresser Jade, 16, was struck from behind by Hampton's Volvo XC90 as she travelled along the A31 near Ringwood on the evening of February 24.

Her red scooter was hooked into the front grille of the car before being propelled 11-22 meters along the road.

The heartless father-of-two Hampton briefly stopped at the scene before driving off, leaving Jade exposed to the fast moving traffic.

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1:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Good! Now get someone with the same authority to overturn the ridiculous decision by the CPS not to prosecute Collette Carpenter in connection with the death of David Bartholomew!
Good! Now get someone with the same authority to overturn the ridiculous decision by the CPS not to prosecute Collette Carpenter in connection with the death of David Bartholomew! speedy231278
  • Score: 39

1:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

skydriver says...

I hope he paid the legal fees himself, and not from the rest of us.
Pleased the judges saw logic, only thing is they should have doubled his sentence for his cheek.
I hope he paid the legal fees himself, and not from the rest of us. Pleased the judges saw logic, only thing is they should have doubled his sentence for his cheek. skydriver
  • Score: 61

1:18pm Thu 27 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

hahahaaa! I love it when fools like him don't get their own way!! What an arrogant man, selfish, inconsiderate "man" !

Pity it wasn't DOUBLED :o//
hahahaaa! I love it when fools like him don't get their own way!! What an arrogant man, selfish, inconsiderate "man" ! Pity it wasn't DOUBLED :o// we-shall-see
  • Score: 57

1:52pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Glashen says...

In our present system an early guilty plea can be taken into account and result in a reduced sentence, so would it not be right that when erroneous and unwarranted appeals against sentences are made such as in this case an automatic increase in sentence is imposed to punish those who waste court time such as Hampton!
In our present system an early guilty plea can be taken into account and result in a reduced sentence, so would it not be right that when erroneous and unwarranted appeals against sentences are made such as in this case an automatic increase in sentence is imposed to punish those who waste court time such as Hampton! Glashen
  • Score: 40

2:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

fireflier says...

After what he did, this nerd should get another six years, at least, just for the sheer nerve of putting in an appeal.
After what he did, this nerd should get another six years, at least, just for the sheer nerve of putting in an appeal. fireflier
  • Score: 41

3:00pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

fireflier wrote:
After what he did, this nerd should get another six years, at least, just for the sheer nerve of putting in an appeal.
If there was any legal chance of that happening then he wouldn't have risked appealing, as it stands though there isn't so he had nothing to lose.
[quote][p][bold]fireflier[/bold] wrote: After what he did, this nerd should get another six years, at least, just for the sheer nerve of putting in an appeal.[/p][/quote]If there was any legal chance of that happening then he wouldn't have risked appealing, as it stands though there isn't so he had nothing to lose. BarrHumbug
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mikeymagic says...

skydriver wrote:
I hope he paid the legal fees himself, and not from the rest of us.
Pleased the judges saw logic, only thing is they should have doubled his sentence for his cheek.
One of the most appropriate comments in a long time. He's been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt by a legitimate judge and jury. Therefore chancing his arm at OUR expense! He had a a good job so I'm assuming he's not completely retarded and as such will be fully aware his original sentence was grossly lenient. People make bad deceicions and mistakes but your calibre is measured in how you deal with it. I say ROT!!!
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: I hope he paid the legal fees himself, and not from the rest of us. Pleased the judges saw logic, only thing is they should have doubled his sentence for his cheek.[/p][/quote]One of the most appropriate comments in a long time. He's been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt by a legitimate judge and jury. Therefore chancing his arm at OUR expense! He had a a good job so I'm assuming he's not completely retarded and as such will be fully aware his original sentence was grossly lenient. People make bad deceicions and mistakes but your calibre is measured in how you deal with it. I say ROT!!! mikeymagic
  • Score: 27

3:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

The irate commuter says...

Lets hope he picks up the bill for wasting everyones time in raising this ridiculous appeal!!
Lets hope he picks up the bill for wasting everyones time in raising this ridiculous appeal!! The irate commuter
  • Score: 15

3:39pm Thu 27 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
fireflier wrote:
After what he did, this nerd should get another six years, at least, just for the sheer nerve of putting in an appeal.
If there was any legal chance of that happening then he wouldn't have risked appealing, as it stands though there isn't so he had nothing to lose.
I would be grateful of clarification on this, because in another story in a national newspaper today it states very clearly that after some recent legal revisions a UK Court of Appeal CAN now increase a previous Crown Court penalty, as well as decrease or quash it.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireflier[/bold] wrote: After what he did, this nerd should get another six years, at least, just for the sheer nerve of putting in an appeal.[/p][/quote]If there was any legal chance of that happening then he wouldn't have risked appealing, as it stands though there isn't so he had nothing to lose.[/p][/quote]I would be grateful of clarification on this, because in another story in a national newspaper today it states very clearly that after some recent legal revisions a UK Court of Appeal CAN now increase a previous Crown Court penalty, as well as decrease or quash it. muscliffman
  • Score: 15

4:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

RM says...

Glad this piece of self-serving rubbish didn't get any reduction but real pity he didn't get his sentence increased. I wonder what he's ever done for his community because the little girl he killed did a lot for hers. Thinking of Jade's family & friends as this unjustified appeal must have brought the initial horror back.
Glad this piece of self-serving rubbish didn't get any reduction but real pity he didn't get his sentence increased. I wonder what he's ever done for his community because the little girl he killed did a lot for hers. Thinking of Jade's family & friends as this unjustified appeal must have brought the initial horror back. RM
  • Score: 13

4:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

adspacebroker says...

The CPS should have appealed against the lenient sentence the FUB got in the first place. Piece of s h y t e!
The CPS should have appealed against the lenient sentence the FUB got in the first place. Piece of s h y t e! adspacebroker
  • Score: 16

5:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Disgusting fat pig can still only think of himself. He couldn't care less about what he's done.
Disgusting fat pig can still only think of himself. He couldn't care less about what he's done. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 10

5:54pm Thu 27 Feb 14

southborne25 says...

Driving whilst disqualified and uninsured, failure to stop and take appropriate action,deceiving ,perverting the course of justice
The expense,time and stress of all the police ,family etc trying to find the facts whilst he tried to cover his tracks

and this i understand was a Health and safety consultant for the railways who would know more then anyone else what should be done after an accident

Not only wastes everyones time after the accident but also the Courts as well
Driving whilst disqualified and uninsured, failure to stop and take appropriate action,deceiving ,perverting the course of justice The expense,time and stress of all the police ,family etc trying to find the facts whilst he tried to cover his tracks and this i understand was a Health and safety consultant for the railways who would know more then anyone else what should be done after an accident Not only wastes everyones time after the accident but also the Courts as well southborne25
  • Score: 11

6:43pm Thu 27 Feb 14

davecook says...

If I had been the judge, I'd have examined the appeal and then added a year on to the jail sentence. Mostly because wanting his sentence reduced means he really is not in the slightest bit sorry about killing Jade and only really wants to get out of jail to get on with his life, but also as a deterrent to others who think they can kill with impunity, pervert the course of justice, and then whinge about a half decent jail sentence. My heart goes out to Jades family every time the name of her killer is put in the papers. Hopefully he will now be forgotten and will rot out of sight for the sentence.......
If I had been the judge, I'd have examined the appeal and then added a year on to the jail sentence. Mostly because wanting his sentence reduced means he really is not in the slightest bit sorry about killing Jade and only really wants to get out of jail to get on with his life, but also as a deterrent to others who think they can kill with impunity, pervert the course of justice, and then whinge about a half decent jail sentence. My heart goes out to Jades family every time the name of her killer is put in the papers. Hopefully he will now be forgotten and will rot out of sight for the sentence....... davecook
  • Score: 5

6:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Chris the plumber says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Good! Now get someone with the same authority to overturn the ridiculous decision by the CPS not to prosecute Collette Carpenter in connection with the death of David Bartholomew!
if you Knew the facts you will realise that the unfortunate Mr Batholomew
was the author of his own downfall by riding a motorcycle at speed and overtaking where it clearly states in the highway code that one should no do so
namely when approaching a junction. If it was me or you pulling out of that junction the outcome would have been the same .
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Good! Now get someone with the same authority to overturn the ridiculous decision by the CPS not to prosecute Collette Carpenter in connection with the death of David Bartholomew![/p][/quote]if you Knew the facts you will realise that the unfortunate Mr Batholomew was the author of his own downfall by riding a motorcycle at speed and overtaking where it clearly states in the highway code that one should no do so namely when approaching a junction. If it was me or you pulling out of that junction the outcome would have been the same . Chris the plumber
  • Score: 8

7:07pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Chris the plumber says...

Hampton deserves all he gets and more for putting poor Jade in the path of fast moving traffic which at the speed drivers are entitled to drive at on the A31 road had little chance to avoid the girl. As we all know speed kills and if the speed limit was sat at 50 or even 40 mph maybe those vans could have stopped in time.
Hampton deserves all he gets and more for putting poor Jade in the path of fast moving traffic which at the speed drivers are entitled to drive at on the A31 road had little chance to avoid the girl. As we all know speed kills and if the speed limit was sat at 50 or even 40 mph maybe those vans could have stopped in time. Chris the plumber
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

your having a laugh111 says...

20 years would not of been enough for this horrible criminal. I hope her family are recovering from the crime this horrible monster commuted.
20 years would not of been enough for this horrible criminal. I hope her family are recovering from the crime this horrible monster commuted. your having a laugh111
  • Score: 2

7:43pm Thu 27 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

By the look of him he was probably drunk which is why he never stopped.Should have been sentenced on a more serious charge
By the look of him he was probably drunk which is why he never stopped.Should have been sentenced on a more serious charge kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

10:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

4stands says...

Hope he decomposes in prison and is used for compost
Hope he decomposes in prison and is used for compost 4stands
  • Score: 1

7:46am Fri 28 Feb 14

Lord Parkstone says...

His sentence should have been doubled at least for his cheek. He obviously has no remorse for his selfish cowardly actions and clearly didn't learn his lesson from his previous punishment. May you rot in hell you selfish cowardly heartless scum.
His sentence should have been doubled at least for his cheek. He obviously has no remorse for his selfish cowardly actions and clearly didn't learn his lesson from his previous punishment. May you rot in hell you selfish cowardly heartless scum. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: 0

8:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

RM says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Good! Now get someone with the same authority to overturn the ridiculous decision by the CPS not to prosecute Collette Carpenter in connection with the death of David Bartholomew!
if you Knew the facts you will realise that the unfortunate Mr Batholomew
was the author of his own downfall by riding a motorcycle at speed and overtaking where it clearly states in the highway code that one should no do so
namely when approaching a junction. If it was me or you pulling out of that junction the outcome would have been the same .
Because balancing something like your mobile phone on your knees and carrying on a conversation on it as you drive along doesn't distract you at all does it?sarcasm)
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Good! Now get someone with the same authority to overturn the ridiculous decision by the CPS not to prosecute Collette Carpenter in connection with the death of David Bartholomew![/p][/quote]if you Knew the facts you will realise that the unfortunate Mr Batholomew was the author of his own downfall by riding a motorcycle at speed and overtaking where it clearly states in the highway code that one should no do so namely when approaching a junction. If it was me or you pulling out of that junction the outcome would have been the same .[/p][/quote]Because balancing something like your mobile phone on your knees and carrying on a conversation on it as you drive along doesn't distract you at all does it?sarcasm) RM
  • Score: 0

9:50am Fri 28 Feb 14

Bournemouth87 says...

It is a shame that it was not increased but I think the family would have know this was probably not likely. The fact that he has put Jades family through more hell is didgusting. 6 years is not even that long considering the crime and consequences. I am happy his sentance did not get cut and I really do hope the time he spends in jail is horrific for him.
It is a shame that it was not increased but I think the family would have know this was probably not likely. The fact that he has put Jades family through more hell is didgusting. 6 years is not even that long considering the crime and consequences. I am happy his sentance did not get cut and I really do hope the time he spends in jail is horrific for him. Bournemouth87
  • Score: -1

4:13pm Fri 28 Feb 14

alanhl says...

GOOD
GOOD alanhl
  • Score: -1

12:32pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jazzy jenkins says...

Should have doubled it whilst we were spending money on the trial..arrogant b......
Should have doubled it whilst we were spending money on the trial..arrogant b...... jazzy jenkins
  • Score: -1

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