Stockton novice driver jailed for killing his friends

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Arseng Rashid JAILED: Arseng Rashid

A NOVICE driver was today jailed for five years for killing two of his friends in a crash.

Arseng Rashid lost control of his people carrier on a slip road to the A66 near Teesside Park in the early hours of September 11 last year.

Joshua Stevenson and Josh Hopkins, both 17, died at the scene, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Rashid, 18, of Ingleby Barwick, near Stockton, admitted two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard that the student, who was 17 at the time, had passed his driving test just ten weeks before the crash.

He had picked up a number of friends and driven around Thornaby, Yarm and Stockton at "outrageous" speed before the accident happened.

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10:44pm Thu 12 Apr 12

sick of it says...

5 years is not enough...scum like this drive around every night like lunatics.. confiscate their cars before we have another tragedy.
5 years is not enough...scum like this drive around every night like lunatics.. confiscate their cars before we have another tragedy. sick of it

7:29am Fri 13 Apr 12

wrh says...

I cannot see the difference between causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter. The latter has bigger penalties for offenders. Why is it less of a crime to unintentionally kill someone with a car rather than to do so negligently in any other way? A car can be a lethal weapon can it not?
I cannot see the difference between causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter. The latter has bigger penalties for offenders. Why is it less of a crime to unintentionally kill someone with a car rather than to do so negligently in any other way? A car can be a lethal weapon can it not? wrh

10:02am Fri 13 Apr 12

gold1953 says...

Good old justice system 11yrs for arson and only 5yrs for killing two teenagers...great
Good old justice system 11yrs for arson and only 5yrs for killing two teenagers...great gold1953

10:13am Fri 13 Apr 12

DOGLAWRENCE says...

Should be life with mininum of 15 years the justice system is useless but will never change
Should be life with mininum of 15 years the justice system is useless but will never change DOGLAWRENCE

11:39am Fri 13 Apr 12

toffee2 says...

My thoughts go out to the family and those who new the 2 young young people who were kiiled, especially those who witnesses this tragic incident. However, I do think that the prison sentence is appropriate.
The reason being is that, the driver will also have endure a lifetime of emotional torture, knowing that "HE WAS RESPONSIBLE" for the premature deaths of 2 of his friends.
My thoughts go out to the family and those who new the 2 young young people who were kiiled, especially those who witnesses this tragic incident. However, I do think that the prison sentence is appropriate. The reason being is that, the driver will also have endure a lifetime of emotional torture, knowing that "HE WAS RESPONSIBLE" for the premature deaths of 2 of his friends. toffee2

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