Two brothers who killed four people, including a toddler, during a high-speed police chase have been called ‘miserably inadequate’ by a judge.
Elliot Bower, 19, drove at speeds in excess of 100mph while evading police in Sheffield, before crashing the stolen Volkswagen Golf into a people carrier containing seven people.
The driver of the people carrier, Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, died along with his 16-month-old son, Muhammed Usman Bin Adnan, and married couple, Vlasta Dunova, 41 and Miroslav Duna, 50.
Elliott and his brother Declan Bower, 23, were wanted by police at the time of the crash, Doncaster Crown Court heard.
The court heard how days before, the brothers posted a picture of themselves on social media ‘grinning inanely’ and giving the middle finger, with the caption ‘f*** da police’.
Elliott was sentenced to 11 and a half years, having admitted to four counts of death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Declan and friend Mason Cartledge, 18, who was travelling with the brothers, were each sentenced to seven years and 10 months, having pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.
Passing his sentences this afternoon, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, Recorder of Sheffield said: ‘Two of you, the Bower brothers, both enjoy taunting the police.
‘In truth, you are nothing more than a somewhat miserably inadequate group of deeply malevolent local criminals.’
Richard Wright QC, prosecuting, said the three men were all engaged in a ‘pro-criminal lifestyle’ and were ‘resolved not to surrender to custody’.
On the evening of the crash, the three defendants stole a Golf which they fitted with number plates cloned from another car to avoid attention from police.
But officers identified them and were led on a five minute chase over nearly six miles, with Elliott driving on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend and the wrong way around a roundabout.
Video footage taken from the police car showed the vehicle struggling to keep up with the Golf despite reaching speeds of up to 103mph.
The pursuit only ended when the Golf ploughed into the Volkswagen Touran, driven by Mr Jarral, at a speed of 79mph.
Elliot and Cartledge attempted to run away but were detained at the scene, while Declan, who was trapped in the car with a broken leg and wrist, was ‘seemingly unconcerned by the severity of the collision and casually smoking a cigarette’.
Mr Wright said there was ‘virtually nothing left’ of the Touran’s driver’s seat or rear passenger seat following the collision, with the force of the crash pushing it 33 metres along the road.
It collided with three other vehicles and rotated 360 degrees.
The three survivors, Mr Jarral’s wife Erica Kroscenova, the fatally injured couple’s daughter Nikola Dunova, 22, and her daughter Livia Matova, three, were all seriously injured.
A victim impact statement from Mrs Korscenova read to the court said: ‘I lost my baby boy, who gave me strength and appetite for life every day.
‘I miss his smile, I miss his voice, I never heard him calling me “mummy”, the only word he said was “daddy”.
Describing her husband as a ‘great father and husband’, she added: ‘He was a wise man and I loved him very much. I miss him more and more each and every day.’
When he was arrested, Elliott, who, at the time was the subject of a warrant issued for failing to appear at court for breaching a suspended sentence for burglary, told police he was not the driver.
He told arresting officers: ‘You can remand me if you like, I’ll get out and I’ll do bang the same thing again and you lot will have to chase me.’
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