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Friday, 20 September, 2002, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Motorcyclist killed cousin's daughter
Scales of justice
Shaun Bromham was jailed for four years
An unlicensed motorcyclist knocked down and killed a teenager with his new motorbike - only to discover she was a relative, a court has heard.

Shaun Bromham, 31, had raced through residential Skewen, Swansea, at 60mph on a 600cc machine he had owned for just four days.

He hit Lauren Cranny, 13, and friend Amanda Williams, 14.

Bromham was jailed for four years and banned from driving for seven years.

Amanda suffered a broken pelvis, spine and leg, and is still receiving treatment, while Lauren - the daughter of Mr Bromham's cousin - died after reaching Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

Thrown in air

Prosecuting, David Harris told Swansea Crown Court police experts believed the cyclist had slowed down by 10mph, instead of braking firmly, when he hit the pair in a 30mph area.

Bromham - the nephew of former world champion motor cycle stunt man Chris Bromham - shouted at the girls to move when he saw them.

Both girls were thrown into the air and landed "further down the road".

Mr Harris said the motorcyclist had never taken a motorcycle driving test, was not insured and could not see properly.

Police said the accident could have been avoided had Mr Bromham braked firmly or kept to the speed limit.

Lies told

He has previous convictions for taking cars, driving while banned and without insurance.

It was said he twice lied to police and insisted he had a licence and had taken a test. But eventually he confessed.

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and driving without insurance or a licence

He wanted to apologise to Lauren's family for the tragedy, said his barrister Ian Wright.

And he said he appreciates he cannot return to his native Skewen.

Police deceived

Judge Gerald Price said: "No sentence can begin to compensate the family for its terrible loss. I am painfully aware of that.

"There are clearly aggravating features here and initially you tried to deceive the police."

Bromham's uncle Chris once rivalled Eddie Kidd as stunt rider and held several world records for leaping over vehicles.

Lauren's mother Tanya Tancock said her daughter was a lively, happy and popular young lady.

But she said Bromham's sentence was not long enough.


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