A TOP prosecutor said of Sam Etherington’s nine-year jail term: ‘No sentence can compensate for the dreadful loss of two young lives.’
Etherington, of Stoners Close, Gosport, admitted causing the deaths of Olivia Lewry, 16, and Jasmine Allsop, 14, by dangerous driving on November 3.
He had taken horse tranquilliser ketamine and mephedrone and was driving at 65mph in a 30mph zone when he hit the girls in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport, at about 4.15am.
The green, V-reg, modified Honda Civic he was driving had lowered suspension, a souped up exhaust, and he had described it on his Facebook page as ‘Rory the racing car.’
Ian Harris, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex Complex Casework Unit said it was accepted that 20-year-old Etherington did not intend to kill Olivia and Jasmine.
But he added: ‘The fact remains that he did kill them as a result of a completely unnecessary and genuinely appalling piece of deliberate dangerous driving, exacerbated by his decision to drive having consumed ketamine and mephedrone earlier that night.
‘No words can convey the suffering that his actions have caused and no sentence can compensate for the dreadful loss of two young lives.
‘I would like to thank Hampshire Constabulary for their thorough investigation but most of all I would like to pay tribute to Olivia and Jasmine’s families for their dignity and fortitude in such tragic circumstances.
‘I hope that they will now be given an opportunity to grieve privately.’