Teenager handed over the keys to a ‘lethal weapon’, court hears

Lucia Porter

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A teenager whose car was involved in a fatal crash that claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl had handed over the keys of a ‘lethal weapon’, a court heard.

Andrew James Reeday, aged 19, of Ballakillowey, Colby, was handed a 180 hours community service order and disqualified from driving for nine months.

He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £300.

Reeday had previously admitted permitting someone to drive his car without insurance or a driving licence, and wasting police time.

The offences related to an accident in March in which St Ninian’s High School student Lucia Porter, of Onchan, lost her life. She was a passenger in a Ford Fiesta which crashed on the Switchback Road, near Peel.

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes heard Reeday and Lucia were good friends.

His advocate Dawn Jones said: ‘The effect upon him of this incident is profound. His distress is palpable.’

She said he had felt under pressure ‘to fit in’ from the other boys in the car.

Mrs Hughes said Reeday had ‘handed the keys to what was a lethal weapon’.

She said: ‘It was your decision that indirectly led to the collision that led to her death.’

Reeday admitting wasting 40 hours of police time by initially telling officers he was the driver – when that wasn’t the case.

• An 18-year-old has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

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