Jailed after two cars had to be written off

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A 22-year-old bricklayer who caused an early hours collision which resulted in two cars being written off has been jailed for 16 months.

Todmorden man Thomas Murray, who already had a previous conviction for aggravated vehicle taking, was locked up at Bradford Crown Court after a judge heard details of the collision which happened last August.

Prosecutor Angus MacDonald told the court how Murray and another man had driven off in a Volkswagen Passat which had been parked up on Stansfield Terrace, Todmorden.

Although Murray believed they had permission to take the car, it was about four hours later when the Passat crashed into a parked Volkswagen Eos on Park Road, Todmorden.

Mr MacDonald said such was the damage caused by the collision that both vehicles were written off - the court heard that the damage bill amounted to about £20,000.

Murray, of Whirlaw Avenue, admitted offences of aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident and having no insurance.

Judge David Hatton QC said the latest incident was more serious because Murray had been given a suspended prison sentence back in 2012 for a similar offence of aggravated vehicle taking which had involved a collision with a wall on a country road.

The judge told Murray he had driven badly and dangerously that night and it was good fortune that no-one had been injured.

He said: “There can be no alternative in these circumstances, in my judgement, to an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”