A MAN charged with manslaughter over the deaths of two teenagers following a collision in Gosport wept in the dock as the incident was described in court.
Dressed in a blue, round necked jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms and flanked by two custody officers, Samuel Etherington spoke only to confirm his name, address and date-of-birth from the glass panelled dock at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.
Etherington, 20, of Stoners Close, Gosport, did not give any indication of a plea and was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court tomorrow.
He is accused of two counts of manslaughter after the green Honda Civic he was driving collided with two pedestrians in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport, at about 4:15am on Sunday.
Jasmine Allsop, 14, died at the scene.
Her best friend Olivia Lewry, 16, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where she later died.
The court heard that Etherington previously worked for Butlins but was made redundant in March.
Magistrates were also told he is a Football Association-qualified coach and is also a qualified fencing coach.
Ian Harris, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit in Wessex, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr Etherington, driving his green, V-registration Honda Civic, travelling north along Ann’s Hill Road in Gosport collided with 14-year-old Jasmine Allsop and her friend, 16-year-old Olivia Leary.
‘It seems that Jasmine was killed instantly by the collision. Olivia was found injured at the same time. She died a short time later in the hospital as a result of the injuries.
‘Mr Etherington was unharmed by the collision.’
Jasmine’s mother Rosemary, 37, has told how she kissed her daughter goodbye as she lay dead in the road just yards away from her home.
Floral tributes have been laid near the crash scene.
Dozens of tributes to Jasmine, who was a pupil at Brune Park Community School, and Olivia, who studied at St Vincent’s College in Gosport, have been posted on social media websites.