Man due in court over teenage girls’ deaths

INVESTIGATION Police in Ann's Hill Road, Gosport, where Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry were involved in a fatal collision with a green Honda Civic
INVESTIGATION Police in Ann's Hill Road, Gosport, where Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry were involved in a fatal collision with a green Honda Civic
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A MAN is due to appear in court charged with two counts of manslaughter following the deaths of two teenagers in Gosport.

Samuel Etherington, 20, of Gosport, will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court today.

It comes after a fatal road incident in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport, which killed Jasmine Allsop, 14, and best friend Olivia Lewry, 16.

As reported, police were called to the road at 4.15am on Sunday after a green Honda Civic car had hit the two teenage girls.

Jasmine died at the scene and Olivia was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, where she died later.

Jasmine’s mother Rosemary, 37, told of how she kissed her daughter goodbye as she lay dead in the road just yards away from her home.

Speaking after Etherington was charged last night, Ian Harris, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit in Wessex said: ‘I have today authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Samuel Etherington, 20, with two offences of gross negligence manslaughter following an investigation into the death of Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, after the car he was driving collided with them in Ann’s Hill Road in Gosport in the early hours of Sunday, November 3 2013.

‘I have reached my decision after carefully considering all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary.

‘I am satisfied, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Samuel Etherington for these offences.

‘Jasmine and Olivia have died in tragic circumstances and I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to their families and friends.

‘I would like to remind everyone that nothing should be published either in the press or social media that could prejudice the trial of Mr Etherington.’

Community leaders appealed for calm yesterday after messages posted on social media suggested reprisals.

Anyone with information can call the Hampshire Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Barb.

Information can also be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.