Killer Samuel Etherington’s sentence under scrutiny as Gosport MP offers help

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GOSPORT’S MP says she will consider asking for a review of the nine-year jail sentence given to Samuel Etherington, who killed two teenage girls in crash.

The 20-year-old was sentenced on Thursday after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

He had taken drugs and was going at more than twice the 30mph limit when his souped-up green Honda Civic hit Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16.

Jasmine, who lived yards from where the crash happened at about 4.15am on November 3, near the junction of Ann’s Hill Road and Brougham Street, died at the scene. Olivia was taken to hospital where she died.

As reported, Jasmine’s mother Rosemary, 37, told The News Etherington’s sentence was ‘absolutely disgusting’.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has already written to the Secretary of State for Justice, as the girls’ families were worried about his sentence.

It comes as MPs are calling for longer sentences for the offence.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘Prior to the conviction, I’d spoken to the parents and they raised their concerns that the maximum possible sentence was 14 years.

‘I have already written to the Secretary of State, passing on their feelings.

‘If they want me to ask for the Attorney General to review it, as I did in the Andrew Toseland case, I’m more than happy to do so. I’m already starting to get emails from constituents who are horrified at the sentence.

‘I know it’s a complex case and there’s a lot to it. This has to be led by the parents and their wishes.’

Last year Ms Dinenage asked the Attorney General Dominic Grieve for a review of the sentence of Samuel Armstrong, 19, of Sherwood Road, Gosport, who brutally attacked Andrew Toseland, 51, at Garland Court flats, in Forton Road. He was initially sentenced to five years and four months in a young offenders’ institution, after pleading guilty to GBH with intent.

But it was quashed by the Court of Appeal and he was sentenced to nine years. Mr Toseland is now in a nursing home, and has suffered life-changing injuries, because of the attack.

Anyone can make a request for a sentence review, but it needs to be made within 28 days of the sentence.

Etherington, of Stoners Close, in Gosport, was driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit the girls at about 65mph as they stood near the middle of the street, Winchester Crown Court heard. He was banned from driving for seven years and must pass an extended driving test.