Two brothers who were involved in a crash that killed four people after taunting police on social media were part of a “miserably inadequate group of deeply malevolent local criminals”, a judge has said.
Elliott Bower, 19, was sentenced at Doncaster Crown Court to 11-and-a-half years detention for causing the deaths during a high-speed chase in a stolen car while on the run.
His brother Declan Bower, 23, and passenger Mason Cartledge, now 18, were each sentenced to seven years and 10 months for their involvement in the crash in Sheffield in November.
In truth, you are nothing more than a somewhat miserably inadequate group of deeply malevolent local criminal
The Bower brothers were wanted by police at the time of the crash involving a people carrier containing seven people and had earlier posted a picture of themselves on social media with the caption “f* da police”.
The driver of the people carrier, Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, died along with his son, Muhammed Usman Bin Adnan, who was just 16 months old , and a married couple – Vlasta Dunova, 41, and Miroslav Duna, 50.
Sentencing the defendants, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, Recorder of Sheffield, said: “Each one of you thinks of himself as a local villain who enjoys committing crime.
“Two of you, the Bower brothers, both enjoy taunting the police.
“In truth, you are nothing more than a somewhat miserably inadequate group of deeply malevolent local criminals.”