Sheffield motorist who killed schoolboy jailed for five and a half years

Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Crescent, Manor outside Sheffield Crown Court during his trial in July.
Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Crescent, Manor outside Sheffield Crown Court during his trial in July.
0
Have your say

A Sheffield motorist has been jailed for five and a half years after killing a 14-year-old teenager outside his school.

Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Centre, Manor, was sentenced after hitting and killing Sheffield Park Academy student, Lawrence Moorhouse on December 10, 2013 on Beaumont Road North.

Lawrence Moorhouse, aged 14, was killed after he made his way out of school on December 10, 2013.

Lawrence Moorhouse, aged 14, was killed after he made his way out of school on December 10, 2013.

Lawrence’s heartbroken family have said that Webster ‘should have got longer’ and added they will now try to ‘regain some happiness’ after the death.

Through a statement read out in court, Lawrence’s family added that they have been left ‘devastated’ still after nearly two years.

Jason Pitter QC, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court that Webster was travelling between ‘40-45 mph’ despite the defendant saying he was ‘sticking to the limit’.

Francis Edusei, for Webster, said that the defendant was ‘not a callous individual’ and was ‘remorseful’ for what had happened.

The court heard how Webster had a previous motoring conviction for having excessive alcohol in his system in 2006.

Judge Mark Gargan sentencing said: “The speed limit was 30 mph and it was very clear that the road conditions with the presence of a school that you should have shown caution.

“You must have been accelerating hard when you hit Beaumont Road North and it is accepted that if you were driving at the speed limit, Lawrence would have been able to cross.”

At an earlier trial, Webster was found guilty by a jury on July 30.

For the full story see tomorrow’s Star.