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Drug driver who killed two friends in crash ordered to pay back £170,000

Richard Frost was jailed for more than 12 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who binged on cocaine for 18 hours before killing two pedestrians in a crash in Cambridgeshire will have to pay back more than £170,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Richard Frost, 39, from Chelmsford, was driving his BMW at speeds of more than 100mph when it left the road, mounted a grass verge and killed Thomas Fletcher, 19, and Thomas Northam, 22, in January last year.

The pair had been walking along the B1091 out of Yaxley towards Farcet when they were hit from behind by Frost’s vehicle which had crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

Frost was recorded overtaking cars into oncoming traffic and undertaking using footpaths and pedestrian walkways.

After the crash, he continued driving along the grass verge for 80 metres, before returning to the carriageway and leaving the road into a field on the opposite side.

He then fled the scene with a suitcase containing £72,000 in cash, which he dumped in a residential garden and was later recovered by a police officer.

He admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of common assault and one of money laundering and was jailed for 12 years and one month.

Now, in a hearing held under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), a judge has ordered confiscation of some of his assets.

An investigation was carried out by specialist financial investigators who calculated Frost’s criminal gains to be £187,132.98, including £113,000 of unexplained cash payments into his bank account.

A confiscation order of £170,195.95 was made and about £17,000 will remain as an outstanding debt, which Frost must pay should he acquire further assets in the future or when he is released from prison.