Two men who killed three taxi passengers when a late-night illicit road race in highpowered cars went horrifyingly wrong have both been jailed.
Christopher Churchill (28), from Redditch, Worcestershire, and Christopher Antoni (20) both stepped unscathed from the wreckage of their cars after the triple fatality in Swansea, south Wales in June last year.
Andrew Corbett, aged 19, and engaged couple Lesley-Ann Morgan, aged 21, and Neil Jenkins, aged 24, all of Swansea, all died in the smash. Two other people were gravely injured.
Churchill, a Halfords manager, raced along a dual carriageway in a powerful Volvo C70 at 60mph, twice the speed limit, on his way out of Swansea in the early hours of the morning.
In front was Antonio driving his father's top-of-the-range BMW M3 at 70mph which ploughed into a taxi minibus carrying six people, killing three of them.
A Swansea Crown Court jury had previously heard that the impact of the crash threw the minibus into the air and catapulted one victim 120ft away from the scene.
The BMW spun around at speed and was hit head-on moments later by Churchill in the Volvo.
Churchill had denied causing death by dangerous driving - a charge which Antonio admitted.
Churchill was jailed for seven years and banned from driving for nine years for his part in the fatal road race.
Antonio was jailed for fouranda-half years and banned from driving for seven years. n The High Court judge who presided over the Christopher Churchill trial bade the jury an emotional farewell yesterday and revealed that it was his final case.
Mr Justice Curtis l, whose full title is Sir Richard Herbert Curtis, is aged 72 and lives in Herefordshire.
In his long career he has dealt with many high-profile trials including the Stephen Lawrence case.
He is a father-of-four and became a junior barrister in Birmingham in 1958.