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Parents of crash death driver guilty of lying to police

A couple have been found guilty of lying to police about their son's whereabouts following a fatal crash.

Christopher Jasper, 25, of Maple Way, Kensworth, Bedfordshire, had admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced in June.

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

Jasper's parents Glen and Annie Jasper were found guilty at Luton Crown Court of acts tending and intending to pervert the course of justice.

The couple's actions meant Christopher Jasper could not be found by police for some time after he crashed his car into a tree on Lowther Road, Dunstable, killing Mr Robinson and injuring another man.

After the crash, Jasper ran to the nearby home of his parents in Vallence End.

Breath test

Glen Jasper, 46, then 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 until the next day when he gave himself up to police.

A subsequent breath test gave a zero reading.

Annie Jasper, 49, lied to police about their son's whereabouts.

The prosecution said the delay in finding Jasper also meant police were unable to identify the deceased.

After the jury found the parents guilty, Judge John Bevan said it was a "sad case" resulting from the behaviour of Christopher Jasper.

Glen Jasper was told to expect a custodial sentence, while Annie Jasper was told a suspended sentence was likely.

The couple will be sentenced on 28 October.

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