Gosport man admits GBH and perverting course of justice

ROAD Scene of the crash in Stoke Road, Gosport
ROAD Scene of the crash in Stoke Road, Gosport
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A DRIVER who torched a car in a bid to cover his tracks after ploughing the vehicle into two women has been warned he faces jail.

Victims Kirsty Searle and Holly Burns were crossing Stoke Road in Gosport when they were hit by a Vauxhall Astra being driven by Matt Styler.

Both women suffered serious injuries in the crash, which happened at about 11.15pm on July 2 last year.

Styler, of Monks Walk, Elson, Gosport, later drove the Astra to a secluded wooded area nearby and set fire to it in a bid to destroy the evidence.

The 36-year-old washed his clothes and belongings including boots and sunglasses and shaved off his beard as part of his attempted cover-up.

But his bid to outwit police failed and Styler was later arrested.

At Portsmouth Crown Court, Styler admitted two counts of grievous bodily harm, one charge of dangerous driving and one count of perverting the course of justice

He was released on bail to reappear at the court to be sentenced next month.

Addressing Styler, Judge Richard Price said: ‘I warn you that the fact you are being released on bail mustn’t be taken for some sort of indication by you that you will retain your freedom when you appear before a judge on May 4.’