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Boy death joyrider detained again


Police footage of the high-speed chase in February

A teenager convicted of killing a boy while driving a stolen car has been returned to a young offenders' institution for more motoring offences.

Ashley Lindo knocked down eight-year-old Daniel Conroy-Curtin in a Middlesbrough park in May 2006.

The 18-year-old, of Orwell Street in the town, served half his three-year term and was released in November 2007.

On Wednesday he was sentenced to 23 months at Teesside Crown Court for aggravated vehicle taking.

Lindo's previous convictions
Ashley Lindo
January 2005 - convicted of taking a vehicle without consent, interfering with a vehicle and driving while disqualified. Given an 18-month supervision order.
August 2005 - convicted of driving without insurance and taking a vehicle without consent. Given another supervision order.
August 2005 - convicted of breaching his anti-social behaviour order.
January 2006 - Convicted of possessing a Class C drug. Given two-month supervision order.
August 2006 - Admitted killing Daniel Conroy-Curtin.

Judge Christopher Prince said Lindo had shown contempt for the memory of the young boy he killed.

Daniel died from brain injuries after being hit by a stolen Rover Metro driven by Lindo.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced in August 2006.

But the court heard Lindo was involved in a police chase just 12 weeks after being released.

On 5 February this year, police received reports that a red Fiat Punto had been stolen from a street in Middlesbrough.

Police soon caught up with the Fiat and when Lindo, who was driving, realised he was being pursued he sped off.

He drove through four red lights at speeds of up to 50mph in a 30mph zone, crossing into the opposite carriageway to overtake the other vehicles and crashing into a van, prosecutor Louise Reevall told the court.

Despite being caught at the wheel, Lindo struggled with police and officers had to use a baton to restrain him.

Daniel Conroy-Curtin
Daniel Conroy-Curtin died from brain injuries in 2006

Imposing the sentence of 23 months custody at a Young Offenders' Institution and a five year driving ban, the judge added: "One would have thought that conscience alone would have prevented you from committing further offences.

"You clearly have no conscience. You have shown contempt for court orders and criminal law.

"You have shown contempt for public safety and you have shown contempt for the memory of Daniel.

"I regret I cannot do more to protect the public in the future."

Speaking after the hearing, Det Const Paul Daniel, from Cleveland Police, said: "As the judge pointed out, this was the longest sentence that could be passed on Ashley Lindo.

"I have known Ashley Lindo for several years and his offending history has got worse as he has got older.

"I do not think that any sentence he has received has rehabilitated him or made him change his ways."

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