Poppy’s mum: ‘He didn’t deserve her’

Lisa Garner
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THE mother of a schoolgirl killed by her boyfriend in a crash when he was high on drink and drugs said he did not deserve to be with her daughter.

Payton Sparks, from Leigh Park, died instantly when Lewis Young lost control of a stolen car and crashed into a building.

Young, also from Leigh Park, was jailed for eight years on Friday for causing death by dangerous driving, and causing serious injuries to another passenger, 14-year-old Thomas Frost in the accident on May 25, in Petersfield Road, Havant.

Sixteen-year-old Payton, who was also known as Poppy, had only been going out with Young for seven weeks.

Her mother Lisa Garner said, in that time, she had ‘worked Lewis out’ and no longer wanted to be with him.

He had a long list of previous convictions which included numerous driving offences.

Payton’s mother said; ‘Payton did not want to be with him any more. And he was only using her because he was bored. She knew him for three months and they had a seven-week relationship. He did not deserve her.’

She added: ‘He had two broken ribs and he was put into a coma because the doctors needed to stabilise his lungs because he has been sniffing aerosols since he was 12. He has been like that all his life.

‘When he was younger he was a bully and a policeman said at the time: “He will kill someone one day”.

‘Five years later it was my daughter.’

At Portsmouth Crown Court Young’s barrister Tim Sparks said: ‘He has repeatedly said to the probation service he has remorse about what happened – he has remorse for the family, for his girlfriend, for his family, and the pain and suffering caused to Thomas Frost.

‘He wishes he could have swapped places.’