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Geoffrey Ewart, from Grangetown, left one girl scarred for life after bombing around Scarborough in a BMW 330

Geoff Ewart appeared at York Crown Court to admit a dangerous driving charge

Geoff Ewart appeared at York Crown Court to admit a dangerous driving charge

A banned drink-driver who seriously injured two teenage girls in a seaside horror crash has been jailed.

Geoffrey Ewart, from Grangetown, bombed around Scarborough in a BMW 330 when the car careered off the road and tumbled down a steep embankment.

The 30-year-old – who ignored his passengers’ frantic pleas to stop – ran from the wrecked vehicle, leaving the two girls trapped inside.

Prosecutor Andrew Semple said one of them suffered catastrophic injuries including broken bones and was left immobile for weeks.

Mr Semple said the car, which had come off its wheels, had £12,500 of damage in the smash on Castle Road on June 24 last year.

Police found Ewart at a nearby taxi rank at about 1am.

Ewart, of Grisedale Crescent, was breathalysed three hours later by which time his alcohol level had dipped, but experts worked out that at the time of the accident he would have been about one-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit.

The offshore oil rigger admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle-taking, drink-driving, having no insurance and driving while disqualified.

Ewart once faked own 21st birthday party to evade justice

York Crown Court heard that the BMW belonged to Ewart’s father and that his son had taken it without his consent before setting off for Scarborough.

After picking up his passengers, he began to drive “very fast”.

Mr Semple said: “One of the girls said her head was forced back into the seat by his speed.”

He rejected their pleas to let them out before the car left the road and clattered through bushes as it rolled down the embankment.

The older girl suffered a broken shoulder and fractured pelvis.

Her injuries were so serious she was transferred to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where she underwent several operations, had two blood transfusions and remained bed-bound for three weeks.

It was another six weeks before she could move without a wheelchair or crutches.

She was left scarred for life with a 14cm injury on her arm.

The younger girl suffered whiplash injuries and had to undergo 10 weeks of physio.

Scarborough crash followed ‘night of sheer stupidity and madness’

Ewart had three convictions including one for violence and perverting the course of justice in 2010, when he was jailed for punching a man repeatedly during a street brawl in Middlesbrough.

Ewart tried to evade justice on that occasion by faking his own 21st birthday party and using falsified photos from the pub ‘shindig’ in a forlorn attempt to convince police he was elsewhere at the time of the incident.

Following his release from prison in December 2014, he was caught drink-driving and given a 12-month ban.

Ewart’s barrister James Kemp said the horror crash in Scarborough followed a “night of sheer stupidity and madness”.

But Judge Richard Wright QC slammed Ewart for his “dangerous, show-off” driving and “callous” decision to leave the girls in the car as he fled the scene.

“You have shown little or no remorse towards your victims,” he added.

Ewart was jailed for two years and eight months, and given a five-year driving ban.

Gazette Live

From 2016.

Jordan Bell-Henshaw

Jordan Bell-Henshaw

Three men who viciously beat a black teenager while making monkey noises and shouting racist abuse have been jailed.

Judge Michael Fowler said that Jordan Bell-Henshaw, 22, Liam Edwards, 21, and Kyle Hankins, 20, attacked the 16-year-old out of feelings of “jealousy and inadequacy” as he jailed them at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, after they had been told they were not welcome at a girl’s 17th birthday party.

The court heard the trio were part of a larger group which arrived uninvited at an address in Harrington Road, Rothwell, on May 31 last year. After being told they were not welcome, they turned their anger on a 16-year-old black teenager, repeatedly punching and kicking him even while he lay on the floor.

Jonathan Cox, prosecuting, said the group made “monkey chants” and shouted racist abuse during the unprovoked attack in the front garden of the house.

Bell-Henshaw, of Cambridge Street, Rothwell, was described as the leader of the group, although he denied it. He gave evidence during the sentencing and denied hearing any racist abuse.

However, Judge Fowler said he did not doubt evidence presented earlier this year by the 17-year-old party host.

She described how the group became “immediately aggressive” after being denied entry and began challenging guests to a fight.

Mr Cox said: “Their bravery dissipated and they ran off as they were told the police had been called.”

The trio were arrested but were initially unrepentant, admitting they had seen a fight but not knowing who was involved. However, they each pleaded guilty to racially aggravated ABH on the first day of their trial.

Hankins pleaded guilty to a further charge of GBH relating to an incident at another house party when he shoved a 16-year-old down a flight of stairs, breaking his leg.

Bell-Henshaw additionally pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault, driving with excess alcohol and aggravated vehicle-taking following an incident at a house party on New Year’s Day 2014.

Bell-Henshaw was jailed for two years, 10 months. Hankins, of Elizabeth Road, Rothwell, was jailed for two years, six months and Edwards, of Spencer Street, Rothwell, for 18 months.


Northants Telegraph

The EDL supporter in this article is Jordan Bell-Henshaw and these grabs are from his facebook account.

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