Liverpool

Soldier Aaron Rutland jailed over Walton boys' deaths

A Liverpool soldier has been jailed for six years for causing the death of two teenage boys when he crashed his car.

James Doran and Jordan Kenny, both 16, were killed in the collision on the East Lancashire Road in Walton, Liverpool on 19 December.

Aaron Rutland, 21, had claimed he was not driving and refused breathalyser tests, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He later admitted aggravated vehicle taking, causing death by dangerous driving and driving while uninsured.

The boys, both from Walton, died from head injuries after the car crashed into a garden wall.

Rutland, of Norris Green in Liverpool, refused to reveal the boy's names when he was cut free from the wreckage, forcing officers to undertake extensive inquiries to establish their identities, the court heard.

He later told police he had no recollection of taking his friend's car without consent or being behind the wheel.

Judge Gerald Clifton, sentencing, jailed Rutland for six years and eight months and banned him from driving for seven years.

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