Man changes plea over crash which killed two teens

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Owain Hammett-George at Swansea Crown CourtImage source, Athena Picture Agency

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Owain Hammett-George pictured outside Swansea Crown Court in November 2023

By Telor Iwan

Newyddion BBC Cymru

A man has changed his plea to guilty over causing the death of two teenagers by dangerous driving.

Owain Hammett-George, 19, from Birchgrove, Swansea also pleaded guilty to one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He had previously denied the charges resulting from a car crash which happened on the B4436 in Bishopston on 31 May 2022.

Ben Rogers and Kaitlyn Davies, both 19, died in the incident.

A 17-year-old also had to be taken to hospital with a brain injury and a broken neck.

Appearing at Swansea Crown Court, Hammet-George was released on bail under conditions.

He will be sentenced on 28 March.

Three months before the fatal crash, Hammett-George's father Dewi George accepted speeding points on behalf of then 17-year-old son after an Alfa Romeo car was caught speeding on Cockett Road, Swansea, on 28 February 2022.

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Kaitlyn Davies and Ben Rogers both died in the crash

After Mr George, 44, had told police that he was at the wheel of the car, agreeing to go on a speed awareness course, it became apparent that he was in Cardiff at the time of the offence.

Mr George later pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was jailed for four months in July 2023.

During his sentencing the court was told that Mr George attended the speed awareness course two weeks after the fatal crash.

The court, in July 2023, heard Mr George told officers "his son had only just passed his test" and he was therefore "worried he would be banned from driving".

Judge Thomas KC, at the time of Mr George's sentencing, said this meant Owain Hammett-George "was not in any way sanctioned" and got away "scot-free".

The judge noted that a few months later, on 31 May 2022, Hammett-George "had three passengers in his car" when the vehicle crashed at a petrol station in Bishopston.

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