Father, 47, who took speeding points for his 17-year-old son before boy crashed in accident that left two teenage friends dead is jailed
- Dewi George took the blame for his son Owain Hammett-George’s speeding
A father has been jailed after he took the blame for speeding so his newly qualified driver son could avoid points on his licence – months before a horror crash killed two teenagers.
Dewi George, 47, accepted the points to protect 17-year-old Owain Hammett-George’s driving licence after he was caught speeding in his father’s Alfa Romeo.
Three months later the teenager was behind the wheel of the same car when it crashed – leaving two 19-year-olds dead.
Hammett-George was driving near the Northway petrol station in Bishopston, Gower, with three passengers in the car when it crashed, claiming the lives of teenagers Kaitlyn Davies and Ben Rogers.
The father, of Birchgrove, Swansea, continued to lie about the speeding offence and even went on a speed awareness course just weeks after the tragic collision, according to BirminghamLive.
Dewi George, 47, (pictured) has been jailed after he took the blame for speeding so his newly qualified driver son could avoid points
The father accepted the points to protect 17-year-old Owain Hammett-George’s driving licence after he was caught speeding in his father’s Alfa Romeo
Hammett-George was driving near the Northway petrol station in Bishopston, Gower, (pictured) with three passengers in the car when he crashed it, claiming the lives of teenagers Kaitlyn Davies and Ben Rogers
George is the registered keeper of the car and his son was insured to drive it.
A prosecutor said Hammett-George was behind the wheel of his father’s car on May 31, 2022 when it was involved in a nighttime crash near the petrol station.
A third passenger was seriously injured and no other vehicle was believed to be involved.
When police later analysed Hammett-George’s phone they found messages suggesting he might have been involved in previous speeding offences.
However, the teenager had never been caught speeding, as far as police were concerned, causing officers to investigate George’s acceptance of the speeding in February.
George (right) is the registered keeper of the car and his son was insured to drive it
Flowers were left at the scene in remembrance of the two 19-year-olds who were tragically killed
The court heard that while the police investigation was ongoing George attended a speed awareness course on June 16 – less than three weeks after the tragic crash.
George pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
Judge Thomas KC said that because of the defendant’s actions his son ‘was not in any way sanctioned’ or ‘given a speed awareness course’, adding that he ‘got away with it scot-free’.
George was sentenced to four months in prison, according to BirminghamLive, and will serve up to half that sentence in custody before a release on licence to serve the remainder in the community.
According to WalesOnline, Judge Thomas said that the outcome of the police investigation into the crash might remain unknown for some time.
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