Man denies causing death of five people

A YOUNG serviceman is due to face trial next year after denying he caused the death of five people by driving dangerously.Ben Morphey, of High Street, Yoxford, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to face five counts of causing death by dangerous driving following a two-car collision on the A12 at Blythburgh on July 1.

A YOUNG serviceman is due to face trial next year after denying he caused the death of five people by driving dangerously.

Ben Morphey, of High Street, Yoxford, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to face five counts of causing death by dangerous driving following a two-car collision on the A12 at Blythburgh on July 1.

Morphey, a corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers based at Wattisham, pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

Sisters Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, aged 18 and 15, and their friend Carla Took, 18, were killed when the Astra they were travelling in was involved in a collision with a Renault Laguna at about 12.50am.


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The Lowestoft teenagers were on their way home from a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig at Ipswich Town Football Club when the accident happened.

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

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Morphey suffered leg injuries in the accident and was treated in hospital.

All of the youngsters were students at Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft.

Just days before the collision Claire and Carla had sat their A-level examinations.

Morphey will now return to Ipswich Crown Court on June 4 for the trial.

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