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Speeding BMW driver who killed two young boys jailed for nine years

Jack Hart removed his dashcam after hitting 10-year-old Steven Duffield and Mason Deakin, 11, as they travelled by bike in a Hull bus lane

A driver who was speeding at around 57mph in a 30mph bus lane when he hit and killed two young boys travelling by bike has been jailed for nine years and banned from driving for 13 years.

Yesterday we reported that Jack Hart had finally pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving a day before his trial was set to begin, causing the families of Steven Duffield, 10, and Mason Deakin, 11, more anguish and prompting judge John Thackray KC to accuse the 32-year-old of "playing the system".

> Judge tells man who "played the system" after dangerous driving killed two young boys to expect "very significant sentence"

Sentencing Hart to the "significant" prison sentence he promised at Monday's pre-trial hearing, the judge noted the "devastation" the driver had caused the families by using the bus lane as his "own personal racing track".

Hull Live reports Hull Crown Court also heard that Hart already had six penalty charges for using the bus lane in the previous year and that he removed and destroyed dashcam evidence following the fatal collision on Anlaby Road, near East Yorkshire bus garage, at around 6.10pm on 19 October 2020.

More than two years later, and seven months since a not guilty plea, Hart finally changed his pleas to guilty on Monday.

"It's clear you caused devastation to the families of those boys in addition to the loss of life of two young boys who had their whole life ahead of them," judge Thackray told him.

Hart was speeding at 57mph in a 30mph bus lane when he struck the pair of boys travelling by bicycle, with the 11-year-old Mason pedalling and his 10-year-old friend Duffield sat on the handlebars.

The court heard how the driver was undertaking other vehicles in the bus lane and hit the pair travelling against the flow of traffic, causing the death of Duffield that day and Deakin two weeks later at Leeds General Infirmary, where he had remained in a coma and on life support.

Hart was represented at the pre-trial hearing by Charlotte Baines and had previously insisted he was not responsible for the missing dashcam, resulting in the case being stood down while Hart provided further details.

However, Miss Baines later said that Hart now did not want to put in a basis of plea over his version of the dashcam's removal.

Judge Thackray also banned Hart from driving for 13 years and he will have to pass an extended retest before he can drive again.

The sentence will once again raise questions about the driving bans handed out to those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

In all our recent coverage of such cases we have shared a petition that has been launched calling for a lifetime driving ban for those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

The petition has now passed the 10,000-mark meaning the government will respond to it once it closes on 4 April.

It was created by Angela Burke, the mother of a child killed by a driver speeding between 73 and 93mph when they hit her on a 30mph road, who believes "driving is a luxury and it should be taken away if convicted of this crime. I've lost my child forever."

"He was sentenced to nine years, minus 25 per cent reduction for pleading guilty, and also given a seven-year driving ban to start immediately. When he's released he will have four years ban left," she wrote.

You can read more details about the petition and sign it here...

Dan is the news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

The absolute obscenity is that having pleaded guilty the day before his trial was set to begin this specimen is still entitled to a minimum 10% sentence reduction, rather than the 100% sentence increase that should have been imposed for making those poor families sweat for more than two years wondering if they would have to face the agony and uncertainty of a trial.

kil0ran | 1 year ago

Life bans are already possible, but rarely dished out. The only one I'm certain of is the Derek Witt case - not that he had a license at the time anyway.

OldRidgeback | 1 year ago

He'll be out in nine years, or less with good behaviour. That won't bring back the two kids he killed. My condolences to their families.

AlsoSomniloquism replied to OldRidgeback | 1 year ago

However we have seen alot less for similar. This and the one I mentioned the other day where the driver pled guilty and stated at his arrest he would only get 2-4 years seems to show that now there are higher top end sentencing, the judges are also raising the bar in the sentencing. 

I would prefer life time ban but both also had double digit bans as well. 

essexian replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 1 year ago

While I accept what you are saying, I am just unclear what you actually need to do to get the maximum sentence? Killing two kids and then lying about it for years doesn't seem to be sufficient. 


Yes, its better than a lot of sentences, but hardly sufficient IMHO. 

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