North West Wales

Kody Dutton death: Teen jailed over crash in stolen car

A teenager who drove like a "mad man" has been jailed after a stolen car crashed into a parked vehicle and overturned, killing a 13-year-old boy.

Promising footballer Kody Dutton, one of five passengers in the car, died in hospital after the crash in Deganwy, near Llandudno, in January.

The driver, 17, who drove without a licence, was jailed for two years.

Passenger Stephen Roberts, 20, of Llandudno Junction, was jailed for a year at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Roberts and the 17-year-old driver, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also banned from driving for five years.

The driver admitted aggravated taking of a car.

The court heard he had been driving at high speed on a frosty night in a MG Rover before it hit a parked Mitsubishi Shogun and rolled over several times.

Kody Dutton, a passenger in the rear of the car, died in a Liverpool hospital after the late-night smash, the court heard.

Of the four other passengers in the car, accused of allowing themselves to be carried in the car, Stephen Roberts was jailed and a 17-year-old boy was placed under two years' supervision with 200 hours of unpaid work.

A 15-year-old boy was also given two years' supervision.

Meanwhile, an arrest warrant was issued for Brian Bingham, 18, of Deganwy, when he failed to appear in court.

'Ignored warnings'

Judge Niclas Parry said: "Once again a valuable, loved young life has been wastefully lost on the streets of north Wales."

He said the 17-year-old driver had driven "like a madman" on a frosty night.

"You were going as fast as you could, you ignored warnings, begging, you should stop," the judge told him.

"The young people of north Wales must understand that joyriding kills and it must be deterred."

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