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Parents of crash death driver go on trial

A couple have gone on trial accused of lying to police about their son's whereabouts following a fatal crash.

Christopher Jasper, 25, of Maple Way, Kensworth, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced in June, Luton Crown Court heard.

Paul Robinson, 26, of Dunstable, died after the crash on 27 December 2009.

Jasper's parents Glen and Annie Jasper, of Vallance End, Dunstable, both deny doing acts tending and intending to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Jasper, 46, is alleged to have driven his son away from the scene of the crash and lied to police about his whereabouts while Mrs Jasper, 49, is said to have lied to police when she said she had not seen him.

Breath tested

Claudette Elliott, prosecuting, told the court: "It had been said that Christopher had been drinking and naturally the police would have wished to test his alcohol limit.

"It was a very important part of their investigation but they were unable to do so because they could not find him.

"It is also the case that police were unable to identify the deceased person, and spent a lot of time and resources trying to find Christopher Jasper."

The court heard Jasper crashed his BMW into a tree in Lowther Road, Dunstable, after leaving the nearby Glider pub.

The court was told he ran to his parent's home nearby where his father drove him to the home he shared with his girlfriend in Morcom Road and at some stage he went to stay at a friend's house for a day.

"He surrendered himself to police the next day. He was breath tested then and gave a zero reading," said the prosecutor.

The case continues.

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