Thu May 31, 2018 9:43 pm
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Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:50 pm
Lover of Corey and Casper death driver released from prison
The woman who tried to stop a hero passer-by in the aftermath of the Corey and Casper Platt-May tragedy is out of prison - just weeks after she was sent to jail.
Gwendoline Harrison, 42, lashed out at those trying to stop her drug driver lover Robert Brown fleeing the scene after he mowed down the brothers on a busy Coventry road.
She was jailed for six months on April 27 at Warwick Crown Court over the assault - and less than 13 weeks later she has her freedom.
It means she has served around half of her sentence.
Harrison, of Triumph Close, Wyken, assaulted a hero passer-by who was trying to stop Brown from running away.
Harrison had the charge of causing the death of six-year-old Corey and Casper, two, dropped.
She instead pleaded guilty to assault with intent to resist arrest, and was jailed for six months.
In her defence, David Murray said her actions were out of “misguided loyalty to her partner”.
He said she has had problems with authority because of events in her childhood. This had led her to drink and drugs.
Following a previous court order against her in 2015, she managed to avoid offending behaviour for the last two years and 11 months.
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:37 pm
Court rules on sentence of killer drug-driver
A speeding driver who killed two young Coventry brothers in a hit-and-run while high on drugs has been given a tougher sentence by senior judges.
Robert Brown was banned from driving, travelling at more than twice the speed limit and had taken a cocktail of drugs when he mowed down Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two.
The 53-year-old was jailed for nine years at Warwick Crown Court in April after admitting all charges against him, including two counts of death by dangerous driving.
But his sentence was increased to 10-and-a-half years today at the Court of Appeal in London.
Sir Brian Leveson, sitting with two other judges, said the case justified a term "at the very top of the sentencing range".
He said: "It does not need this court to underline that the impact of these offences has been truly catastrophic on the family of these two boys.
"We have read the victim personal statements provided by their mother and eight-year-old brother and recognise that no sentence which the court can impose will ever make up for the loss that they have suffered."
The Attorney General has released a statement on the sentence increase and called it an atrocious offence.
Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: "This was an atrocious offence, which Corey and Casper’s family will likely never recover from.
"Brown had an overwhelming history of similar offences, and he deserved to be jailed for longer.
"This is such a tragic case, and I hope the increased sentence sends a clear message that anyone who commits such a crime will be met with the full force of the law."
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:05 pm
£120k safety scheme for road where brothers were killed
Coventry City Council is to spend £120,000 on road safety measures on the road where brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May were killed in February.
Coventry City Council received a total of six petitions calling for road safety measures on the road and a report recommending a £120,000 scheme has been approved at a meeting of the cabinet member for city services.
The scheme will be subject to consultation but has been brought forward for completion before the end of the current financial year.
It will see the installation of pedestrian refuge areas, raised tables, hatched road markings and permanent vehicle activated speed signs.
A number of petitions were gathered by the local community and the Platt-May family and supported by Lower Stoke Labour councillor John McNicholas.
The traffic and road safety officer’s report added that mobile vehicle activated signs (VAS), installed close to where the school crossing patrol previously operated from, regularly record vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit.
The proposed road safety scheme will see the temporary VAS signs replaced with permanent ones.
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:11 pm
Killer driver found dead in cell on Christmas Day
A drug driver who killed two young brothers in a hit-and-run in Coventry has been found dead in his jail cell.
Robert Brown was serving a 10-year sentence for causing the deaths of Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two, by dangerous driving.
The career criminal, 53, was found dead in his cell at HMP Dovegate in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, on Christmas Day, reports Birmingham Live.
A spokesman for Serco, the private company which runs the Uttoxeter-based prison, said: "We can confirm an inmate has died at HMP Dovegate.
"There will be a coroner's inquest in due course."
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:28 am
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:49 pm
Hero who stopped killer driver of Coventry brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May gets bravery award
A HERO who chased the killer driver of Coventry brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May has won a bravery award.
Maintenance worker Adrian Henefer, 53, from Cradley Heath in Sandwell, tracked the two suspects, Robert Brown and Gwendoline Harrison, after the horrific crash in Longfellow Road, Coventry, last February – eventually enabling their arrest.
Mr Henefer is to receive a silver medal at the Police Public Bravery Awards in London later this year.
He was also recognised with a West Midlands Police Chief Constable’s Good Citizen Award.
Mr Henefer was fixing a bus stop on Longfellow Road when Brown’s Ford Focus hit Corey and Casper, aged six and two respectively, as they were on their way to the park with their mother and two brothers.
Brown failed to stop and carried on, narrowly avoiding another car before stalling.
Mr Henefer had seen the crash and immediately ran to the car and wrestled the keys from the Brown as he attempted to restart it.
Brown and his passenger, Harrison, made off on foot, but Mr Henefer’s heroics didn’t stop there.
He tried to detain Brown who began punching him, while Harrison swung a carrier bag filled with beer cans at him.
After momentarily letting go, he chased again and as the pair tried to scale a metal fence, he pulled Brown back down.
It was only when Brown began searching for a weapon on the ground that Mr Henefer was finally forced to back off.
But he kept track of the pair and guided police officers to an alleyway where they were attempting to hide.
During court proceedings the judge thanked Mr Henefer personally for his actions describing him as a man of ‘great courage and fortitude’.