Horror crash driver appears in court

A YOUNG driver has appeared in Crown Court today charged with claiming the lives of five people in a horror crash.Ben Morphey, 22, of High Street, Yoxford, was in Ipswich for a preliminary hearing and has yet to enter a plea in relation to the incident.

A YOUNG driver has appeared in Crown Court today charged with claiming the lives of five people in a horror crash.

Ben Morphey, 22, of High Street, Yoxford, was in Ipswich for a preliminary hearing and has yet to enter a plea in relation to the incident.

Morphey a corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers based at Wattisham has been charged with five counts of death by dangerous driving following an accident on the A12 at Blythburgh.

He was driving a Renault Laguna which was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra around 12.50am on July 1.

Sisters Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, aged 18 and 15 and Carla Took were travelling in the Astra and were killed.

The Lowestoft teenagers were on their way home from a Red Hot Chilli Peppers gig in Ipswich when the accident happened.

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Simon Bonner, 40, and Kim Abbott, 41, both from Yoxford and passengers in the Laguna were also killed.

Two other teenagers were in need of hospital treatment including Sarah Mitchell, 18, who spent several weeks in intensive care.

All of the youngsters were students at Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft and just days before the collision Claire and Carla had sat their A Levels.

Morphey, who suffered leg injuries in the accident was also treated in hospital and was released on conditional bail until December 21, when he will return to Ipswich Crown Court to enter his plea.

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