THE man charged with manslaughter over the death of two teenage girls following a collision in Gosport has made his first appearance in crown court.
Samuel Etherington, 20, of Stoners Close, Gosport, spoke only to confirm his name as he appeared in the dock at Winchester Crown Court this morning.
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.
Etherington did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.
Flanked by two custody officers for the five minute hearing, Etherington - who was wearing a blue sweatshirt - listened intently as Judge Guy Boney QC explained to him what a plea and case management hearing will mean for him.
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 to the two girls have been laid near the scene of the crash.
Dozens of tributes to Jasmine, who was a pupil at Brune Park Community School, and Olivia, who studied at St Vincent College in Gosport, have been posted online on social media websites.
A date has now been set for a plea and case management hearing at the same court on January 3.