Heartbroken mum of boys, 2 and 6, killed in cocaine-fuelled hit-and-run crash tells of agony as driver jailed for 9 years

Robert Brown, 53, was high on cocaine when he ploughed into brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged two and six, as they crossed the road with their family in February.

The two boys were fatally injured when the Ford Focus, driven by Brown, crashed into them as he drove "like a mad man" at more than 60mph in a 30mph zone on MacDonald Road, Coventry.

Brown, who had tried to run and hide after the crash as the boys lay dying on the road, was today jailed for nine years.

But the family of the two little boys are still reeling after the horrific crash, with mum Louise saying she felt like she was empty, on a "roller coaster of hurt and can't get off".

In a statement read to the court, she said that her youngest son was just four when he witnessed the crash, saying his "suffering is beyond unfair".

Robert Brown jailed after hit and run that claimed the lives of brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May

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Casper was described as a 'cheeky little boy who lit up the room'
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Corey was described by his heartbroken a 'football mad' boy who 'loved school'

Louise added her eldest boy Connor would still wake up screaming at night, plagued by nightmares after the crash.

Louise was in tears for much of the hearing, while husband Reece wore a Manchester United scarf in honour of his sons' love for football.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC sentenced Brown to nine years jail, while his co-accused Gwendoline Harrison, 42, was sentenced to six months jail at Warwick Crown Court today.

Brown, who had only just been released from prison over possession of a machete in the days before the crash, was also disqualified from driving for 10 years and six months after his release.

Brown admitted all charges against him last month – including two counts of death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance and using a motor vehicle without a licence.

It was later revealed that serial criminal Brown has 57 convictions for 207 offences, with his offences stretching back to the 1970s.

FROM THE FAMILY: Parents Louise and Reece reveal pain at knowing they will never see their sons grow up

THE family of Corey and Casper today revealed the devastating toll the loss of the two boys took on them.

Speaking on behalf of the family, the family's solicitor Rebecca Hearsey said: "Corey and Casper were everything to us and we will not get over losing them.

"To watch your children die in front of you is something no parents should have to experience.

"Our family should have had so many years ahead of us to create a lifetime of memories, but these have all been snatched away by Robert Brown."

She added: "We don't blame the judge for the sentence he imposed but what today has highlighted is that those who rip families apart seem to get off more lightly.

"Robert Brown showed total disregard for the law when he got behind the wheel that day and because of him we're living a life sentence knowing we'll never see our boys grow up, while he will be out of prison in just a few years and will be free to continue his life.

"We call on the Government to honour Corey and Casper's legacy by ensuring its proposals for tougher sentences for driver who kill are made law as soon as practically possible."




Harrison had admitted a charge of assault intending to resist arrest at the same hearing after she hit a member of the public as the pair tried to flee the scene.

David Murray, representing Harrison, today told the court that the woman's actions were out of "misguided loyalty to her partner".

In a statement read by her lawyer, the woman offered her sincere condolences to the family.

The court also heard from Corey and Casper’s nine-year-old brother Connor, with his victim impact statement reading: “I’m really going to miss my brothers. The play fights, the movie nights, swimming, trips to the park.

"But most of all I’m going to miss my brothers Corey and Casper.”

After the sentencing, Det Sgt Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police, said: "We are still all devastated by the deaths of Corey and Casper and nothing can ever compensate for their loss.

"These were two young boys with their whole lives ahead of them but this was taken away by the actions of one man.

"It is hard to imagine the pain the family and friends of Corey and Casper have been going through. As police officers we have done our best to offer support while also feeling their agony."

 

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