Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Gosport girls' road deaths plea hearing adjourned

Olivia Lewry (left) and Jasmine Allsop
Image caption Jasmine Allsop (right) died at the scene while her friend Olivia Lewry died later in hospital in Portsmouth

A man charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls who were struck by a car has had his plea hearing adjourned.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, were killed in the early hours of 3 November while walking along Ann's Hill Road in Gosport.

Samuel Etherington, 20, an unemployed sports coach from the town, appeared at Winchester Crown Court but entered no plea.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on 30 January.

A provisional trial date has been set for 24 March.

The delay was to give the defence time to consider the findings of an accident reconstruction, the court heard.

Police were called to the scene of the crash near the junction with Brougham Street at about 04:15 GMT after reports a Honda Civic had hit two girls.

Jasmine was pronounced dead at the scene while Olivia died later at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

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