Boy, 13, sentenced over Oliver Hawker death crash

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A 13-year-old Rugby boy has been given a rehabilitation order for two years for burglary and aggravated vehicle taking which led to the death of Oliver Hawker.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be supervised for two years and ordered to live in local authority accommodation for six months, as well as having a curfew for six months and a driving disqualification for 12 months.

He was sentenced today (Wednesday) at youth court at the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton, after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

The court heard that the boy broke into a house in Lime Tree Avenue in Rugby on April 3 after climbing through a window. With his 16-year-old accomplice, they stole a laptop and keys to a van.

The 16 year old drove the van, with the 13 year old boy as a passenger and later Oliver Hawker, at speeds of up to75 mph through Bilton before crashing in Parkfield Road, Newbold.

Oliver was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The 13 year old boy, who had facial injuries, was arrested at the scene.

The court heard that the boy was immature for his age and was an “emotionally damaged child”.

Speaking in court his mother said he used to be happy and popular at school, but added that “something had changed.”

Magistrates were also asked to sentence the boy for another offence, which he pleaded guilty to, after he was found with tools that could have been used to commit a crime and was seen acting suspiciously near to where he has been living since his arrest.

Magistrates decided to not impose another penalty for that offence.

Chair magistrate Sue Robertson said: “This is a critical point in your life.There are a lot of people working on your behalf. Don’t let them down.”

A 16 year old was sentenced to four and a half years detention after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving at another hearing last month.