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Thursday, April 2, 1998 Published at 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK


'Road rage' driver jailed for 12 years
image: [ Humble drove away from the scene of the crash without stopping to help ]
Humble drove away from the scene of the crash without stopping to help

An amateur rally driver who described himself as the "best driver ever" has been found guilty of killing a young couple in a road rage incident.

BBC correspondent George Eykyn reports on the crime and the sentence (1'03'')
Jason Humble, 33, from Cove, near Farnborough, Hampshire, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Toby Exley and Karen Martin, who died after their car was shunted into the path of an oncoming vehicle in October last year.

Humble was found guilty at the Old Bailey by a majority verdict of 10-2.

[ image: Karen Martin died almost instantly]
Karen Martin died almost instantly
The Recorder of London, Sir Lawrence Verney, sentenced him to 12 years in jail on each manslaughter charge to run concurrently.

Mr Exley, 33, and his 20-year-old girlfriend died instantly when their Ford Fiesta was forced across the central reservation of the A316 at Hanwell, south west London.

Humble, who is unemployed, denied manslaughter but admitted being the driver of a Vauxhall Senator former police car which was seen by witnesses bumping the Fiesta three times.

He had a string of convictions for car "ringing" and other motoring offences and had been convicted of a road rage offence 13 years ago.

The judge said the offence was aggravated because Humble had immediately driven off and did his best to conceal the car as well as his role in the deaths.

He said: "Of course no sentence imposed by this court can afford any comfort to those families you have deprived of their loved ones."

Humble was also disqualified from driving for 10 years and ordered to take an extended driving test before he can go back on the road.

The relatives of the dead couple were in court to see him sentenced.

Humble showed no emotion as he was led to the cells. He will not be considered for parole until he has served at least half of the 12-year term.

David Perry, prosecuting, told the trial: "Toby Exley and Karen Martin died because the defendant became impatient with them.

"He used his skill as a driver - if skill it was - to nudge their car out of the way."

Humble, who had 15 years' experience as a rally driver, said he thought the other driver was trying to "wind him up" by not letting him past.

He had told police: "I just became frustrated with him - why wouldn't he let me past ?"

[ image: Toby Exley died after
Toby Exley died after "annoying" Humble
Humble denied ramming the car and said: "I sat behind him at a safe distance and flashed him, but he ignored me."

Keith Collier, a 50-year-old car dealer from Farnborough, has pleaded guilty to perversing the course of justice by claiming the Vauxhall Senator had been stolen shortly before the accident.

He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday.

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