Killer driver claims his third vic­tim

Griev­ing fa­ther of boys mowed down in hit-and-run is found dead in a Greek ho­tel room

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Andy Dolan

THE fa­ther of two boys who were killed by a drug-fu­elled driver in a hit-and-run was found dead in a Greek ho­tel room yes­ter­day.

Reece Platt-May, 30, died less than three weeks af­ter ca­reer crim­i­nal Robert Brown was jailed for nine years over the deaths of his sons Corey, six, and two-year-old Casper.

Mr Platt-May, di­rec­tor of a freight trans­port firm, had spo­ken in court to give a vic­tim im­pact state­ment on be­half of his wife Louise, 28, who had been cross­ing the road with their chil­dren when the boys were hit.

She de­scribed be­ing haunted by their ‘life­less faces on the road’.

It is be­lieved Mr Platt-May had been on hol­i­day in Corfu with his wife and their sur­viv­ing chil­dren, Con­nor, nine, and Cooper, four, who also wit­nessed the fa­tal col­li­sion as they headed to a park dur­ing half-term on Feb­ru­ary 22.

Brown, 53, had been driv­ing at more than 60mph when he hit Corey and Casper as they crossed the 30mph-limit road. Corey was thrown into the air by the im­pact and landed some dis­tance away.

Af­ter the crash, Brown’s ex-fi­ancee Gwen Har­ri­son, 42, who had also been in the car, at­tacked a wit­ness. The pair were later found by po­lice hid­ing be­hind a nearby gar­den shed.

West Mid­lands Po­lice said that there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances in Mr Platt-May’s death in Corfu in the early hours yes­ter­day.

Umang Pa­tel, 56, who owns a con­ve­nience store op­po­site the fam­ily home in the Stoke area of Coventry, said Brown and Har­ri­son had ‘taken an­other life’. He added: ‘Those two scum­bags have de­stroyed a fam­ily. I am ab­so­lutely shocked. He [Mr Platt-May] would come in ev­ery day with his kids af­ter school and buy them one or two sweets.

‘He was so chatty and open be­fore the tragedy. He still came into the shop after­wards but he was more with­drawn.’

An­other neigh­bour, who asked not to be named, said: ‘If it is sui­cide, it is more blood on the hands of those two.’

Brown, who was high on co­caine at the time of the crash, was jailed for death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing, as well as driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­sur­ance or a li­cence at War­wick Crown Court.

Fol­low­ing the hear­ing, Mr Plat­tMay’s mother Carolyn branded the sen­tence a ‘joke’. It has since been re­ferred to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral for con­sid­er­a­tion of whether it was un­duly le­nient.

Yes­ter­day the be­reaved mother posted a picture of her­self with Mr Platt-May on her Face­book page, cap­tioned: ‘Me an [sic] my rock.’

The fa­ther had shown his anger over Brown’s sen­tence on Twit­ter the day af­ter the April 27 hear­ing.

In a mes­sage to Theresa May’s ac­count, he wrote: ‘Jus­tice for my 2 dead boys would be a life sen­tence for the an­i­mal who ploughed through them, surely you can do some­thing?!’

Har­ri­son, who also tested pos­i­tive for co­caine, ad­mit­ted assault with in­tent to re­sist ar­rest. She was jailed for six months.

Brown, who had 57 con­vic­tions for 209 of­fences, was re­leased from prison on li­cence – af­ter be­ing jailed for pos­sess­ing a ma­chete – only six days be­fore the crash.

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Casper and Corey. Right, fa­ther Reece Platt-May

Jailed: Robert Brown, 53

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