Killer coach pair jailed.

Posted: November 15, 2009 in Law & Disorder

Two men have been jailed after their killer coach sped down Staxton Hill near Scarborough killing a couple last September.

Robert Oughton, 53, was driving the unroadworthy coach when it crashed into the car of Paul and Debbie Clements on the A64, killing them instantly.

Oughton was yesterday sentenced to five years and three months for death by dangerous driving and 30 months for manslaughter. John Lote, 61, who co-owns the bus with Oughton, his brother-in-law, was jailed for three years for manslaughter.

Three years and a 30 month manslaughter sentence for killing two people?

The coach was carrying the Crystalettes Marching Band to a competition at Primrose Valley. Oughton took a wrong turn near Driffield and headed towards Staxton Hill. Passengers smelled burning during the journey the brakes failed as the coach descended down Staxton Hill. It careered through a red light and into the path of Mr and Mrs Clements’ Volkswagen Passat.

The condition of the coach was investigated by North Yorkshire Police and the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency and it was found to not be in a roadworthy and safe condition.
Detective Superintendent Helen Taylor, who led the investigation into the collision, said: “The lack of maintenance by the coach company shows complete disregard for the safety of others and has resulted in the tragic death of two innocent people.”


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