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Greenhithe killer Jamie Burchell-Reeves jailed after Christmas Eve hit and run

PUBLISHED: 09:37 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 07 August 2017

Jamie Burchell-Reeves

Jamie Burchell-Reeves

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Burchell-Reeves’ girlfriend was also sentenced

An unlicensed driver who killed a “deeply loved” man behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car in Dartford on Christmas Eve has been jailed.

Jamie Burchell-Reeves, 23, of Wakefield Road, Greenhithe, ran a red light when he hit 28-year-old Liam Rogerson in December last year.

Driving his girlfriend’s black Vauxhall Corsa, Burchell-Reeves ran through a red traffic light, hitting Mr Rogerson.

Instead of stopping to help his victim, the killer-driver sped away, eventually stopping at the Hilton hotel in Masthead Close.

But instead of calling police or an ambulance, Burchell Reeves swapped seats with his girlfriend, Sophie Clarke, who had been in the passenger seat at the time.

Clarke then drove a friend before visiting Bexleyheath.

Later that night, the couple were reported to police for their involvement in the crash, and were subsequently arrested.

Burchell-Reeves pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured and unlicensed, failing to stop after a collision and failing to report a collision.

He was jailed on Friday, August 4, for four and a half years, and also slapped with a five and a half year driving ban,

Clarke, 20, of Medway Road in Crayford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and permitting the use of a vehicle without a licence and insurance.

She was handed a suspended eight week prison sentence and was banned from driving for a year.

The killer’s girlfriend will avoid jail time if she remains out of trouble with the police until June next year, 12 months on from her sentencing trial.

PC Guy Ditcher, from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The victim was deeply loved by his family and friends and Burchell-Reeves needlessly robbed him of his life.

“He did not deserve to be left to die in the street but Burchell-Reeves chose to speed away rather than help a man he had seriously injured. There are no words to adequately sum up his actions.

“Nothing can put right these wrongs but I hope that Liam’s family can take some comfort from the fact he has now gone through the justice system and received a custodial sentence.”

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