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Driver jailed over girls' deaths
Rebecca Mary Casterton and Lauren Brooks
Rebecca Casterton and Lauren Brooks were on their way home
A Shropshire lorry driver who killed two girls by driving dangerously has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Robert Murray, was distracted by a mobile phone seconds before hitting a car in his 40-ton lorry near Burton, Staffs, Stafford Crown Court was told.

Rebecca Casterton, 13, and Lauren Brooks, 12, from Staffordshire, died in the crash on the A38 in January 2006.

Murray, 51, of Wrockwardine Wood, Telford, denied the charge but was convicted during a trial in November.

The two girls were being driven home from a horse riding lesson and were back-seat passengers in a Renault Clio.

Attention diverted

They were travelling southbound on the A38 at Clay Mills, near Burton, on 20 January last year, when the collision took place.

Rebecca, from Barton-under-Needwood, died at the scene. Lauren, from Burton, was pronounced dead at hospital shortly afterwards.

Both were pupils at John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.

Judge Paul Glenn said he accepted Murray had not being making a call at the time of the accident.

But he added that he was satisfied his attention was diverted with regard to the phone.

He said there was no penalty the court could impose that would make up for the tragic and catastrophic loss of life.

But added the court had heard that Murray had very good qualities and the case had affected him and his family.

Murray was also disqualified from driving for two years.


SEE ALSO
Lorry death driver found guilty
20 Nov 06 |  Staffordshire
Man denies phone use before crash
17 Nov 06 |  Staffordshire
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17 Feb 06 |  Staffordshire

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