Death crash driver told he faces lengthy jail term

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Keith Hunt khunt@thek­m­

A DRIVER has been warned he is fac­ing a sub­stan­tial jail sen­tence for killing two pedes­tri­ans and in­jur­ing three oth­ers.

Ste­fan Stanko pleaded guilty at Maid­stone Crown Court to two charges of caus­ing death by danger­ous driv­ing of Brian Moon, 67, and 49-year-old Denise Head.

The 24-year-old Slo­vakian, of Rus­sell Quay, West Street, Gravesend, also ad­mit­ted driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol and fail­ing to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent.

He de­nied a third charge of danger­ous driv­ing and it was left on the court file.

Mrs Head, of Lit­tle Knoll, South Ash­ford, and Mr Moon, of Far­row Court, Stan­hope, were struck by Stanko’s Nis­san Primera in Beaver Road, Ash­ford, on Septem­ber 27.

They were in a group of fam­ily and friends walk­ing home just af­ter mid­night af­ter a Sun­day evening at the nearby Ash- ford In­ter­na­tional Sports and So­cial Club.

Grand­mother Mrs Head was pro­nounced dead at the scene and great-grand­fa­ther Mr Moon died later in hospi­tal.

Phyl­lis Wanstall, Julie Scorah and her 12-year-old niece Rosina were in­jured. Rosina sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries.

Sen­tence on Stanko was ad­journed for re­ports un­til af­ter Jan­uary 13.

Re­mand­ing Stanko in cus­tody yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day), Judge Jeremy Gold QC warned him: “You should clearly un­der­stand a cus­to­dial sen­tence is in­evitable in this case.

“The prepa­ra­tion of a re­port is to as­sist the judge as to the ap­pro­pri­ate length of that sen­tence.”

Vic­tims Denise Head and Brian Moon

Flo­ral tributes af­ter the Beaver Road dou­ble death crash

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