Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent driver jailed for two road deaths

James Appleby
Image caption The court heard Appleby drove at speeds of more than 100mph

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for nine years and nine months after a crash in Stoke-on-Trent which killed two people.

A taxi driver and one of his passengers died in the collision with a Jaguar on Victoria Road, Fenton, in May.

James Appleby, of Trentham Road, admitted all five charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Appleby had been driving at speeds of more than 100mph within a 30mph zone.

Taxi driver Talhat Mahmood, 30, from Normacot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Mahmood's family described him as "outgoing" and "hard-working", adding that no sentence would have been long enough for Appleby.

Mr Mahmood's back seat passenger, 29-year-old father-of-three Lee Till, from Longton, died later in hospital.

His parents, Linda and Allan Till, said the death of their only child had "ruined" their lives.

A 31-year-old front-seat passenger also suffered serious injuries.

Appleby also pleaded guilty to causing death whilst uninsured, driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision and failing to answer a notice requiring him to name the driver.

Speaking after the sentence, investigating officer Sgt Ian Revens said he hoped the families involved would now be able to move on with their lives.

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