Sheffield brothers spend first year behind bars over horror death crash in Sheffield

Two brothers jailed over a horror crash which left four people dead have spent their first year behind bars.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 9:26 am

Elliott and Declan Bower, who Sheffield Crown Court heard ‘thought they were above the law’, were jailed for a total of 19 years and four months between them.

The brothers were on the run from the police when they crashed into a people carrier during a police chase in November 2018.

Two men, a woman and a toddler died and three others were seriously injured.

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L-R: Elliott and Declan Bower

The brothers, from the Manor estate, were wanted by the police in connection with a number of offences at the time.

Declan, aged 24, was wanted over an attempted murder, serious assault and driving while disqualified.

Elliott, 20, was wanted in connection with a serious assault, failing to attend court and failing to have a drug assessment.

When they crashed, Elliott was driving and Declan was a rear seat passenger, with their friend, Mason Cartledge, a front seat passenger.

Four people died in a horror crash in Darnall, Sheffield

Elliott, of Harborough Avenue, Manor, pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving, three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and possession of cannabis. He also entered a guilty plea to failing to surrender to bail.

He was jailed for a total of 11 years and six months and banned from driving for a decade.

Declan, also of Harborough Avenue, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, death caused by an accident with aggravating factors, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.

He was jailed for a total of seven years and 10 months and banned from driving for seven years.

Mason Cartledge, 18, of Severnside Place, Woodhouse, guilty pleas to aggravated vehicle taking and death caused by an accident with aggravating factors, as well as possession of cannabis.

He was jailed for a total of seven years and 10 months and banned from driving for five years.

When they were jailed Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge said: “Both Elliott and Declan Bower had been wanted for some time and both clearly thought they were above the law.”