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Teenage Driver To Appear In Court Over Deaths Of Two Motorcyclists

By Times Reporter in Crime News on January 18, 2022

A teenage driver will appear in court on Monday charged with causing the deaths of two motorcyclists due to careless driving.

For the bereaved families of Andrew Cuthbert, 58, and Gary Groves, 62, it will be almost two years since their loved ones died.

Joshua Kempster, 19, from West Meon, will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday January 24th following the deaths of motorcyclists Mr Cuthbert, who was from Waltham Chase, and Mr Groves, from Southampton, in a collision on the Bishop’s Waltham to Corhampton road in February 2020.

In November the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised the police to charge Kempster with two offences of causing death by careless driving.

A CPS spokesperson said: “Following careful review of complex legal matters, the CPS made the decision to authorise the police to charge Joshua Kempster with two offences of causing death by careless driving.

“These charges are as a result of a road traffic collision on 2 February 2020, which tragically led to the deaths of Andrew Cuthbert and Gary Groves.

“We remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Joshua Kempster are active. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

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