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Legal aid for death crash driver
Stacy Ellington and Dave Loasby
Stacy Ellington and Dave Loasby were both badly hurt in the crash
A 17-year-old jailed after a crash on the A47 in Norfolk which killed an unborn baby has been given legal aid to try to keep his name out of the media.

King's Lynn Magistrates ruled the youth, from the Wisbech area of Cambs, should be named so the public could call police if he was behind a wheel.

But they said he should remain anonymous until his lawyers tried to challenge the ruling in a higher court.

On Friday it emerged he was given legal aid to go to the High Court.

The Legal Services Commission, which assesses legal aid claims, said the Commission was obliged to look at every case objectively and base a decision on financial eligibility and a case's legal merits.

"We cannot differentiate between applicants for legal aid on the grounds that a decision to grant funding may be unpopular in a particular case," a spokesperson said.

The youth was imprisoned for 16 months and given a three-year driving ban at a youth court in King's Lynn, Norfolk, last week.

Stacy Ellington, 16, of Upwell, Norfolk, lost her baby when her car, being driven by boyfriend David Loasby, swerved to avoid the youth's car and was then in collision with a pursuing police car on 14 January.




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