Ian Harris, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit in Wessex, said he authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Samuel Etherington, 20, with two offences of gross negligence manslaughter following an investigation into the death of Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16.
– Ian Harris, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit in Wessex
I have reached my decision after carefully considering all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary.
I am satisfied, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Samuel Etherington for these offences.
Jasmine and Olivia have died in tragic circumstances and I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to their families and friends.
Detectives investigating the deaths of two teenage girls in Gosport last weekend have charged a man with manslaughter.
Samuel Etherington, aged 20, of Gosport, Hampshire, is charged with two counts of manslaughter and will remain in custody until tomorrow when he is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.
Jasmine Allsop who was 14 and Olivia Lewry who was 16 were killed when they were hit by a car at the junction of Ann's Hill Road and Brougham Road on Sunday.