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Man admits killing young brothers in hit-and-run days after prison release

Robert Brown was previously jailed for possessing an offensive weapon before the hit-and-run incident.

Two young brothers were killed in a hit-and-run by a man who had only been released from prison six days earlier.

Robert Brown admitted causing the deaths of Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two, by dangerous driving on February 22.

The two boys were with their mother in MacDonald Road, Coventry, at about 2pm when a Ford Focus, driven by Brown, ploughed into them.

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Coventry hit and run

They were taken to hospital with severe injuries, but Casper could not be revived and died a short time later.

Corey was taken into surgery, but also later died. Their mother was unhurt.

Brown, 53, had previously been jailed for possessing an offensive weapon and had been let out on licence just six days before the collision.

At Warwick Crown Court he remained calm in the dock as he entered his guilty pleas, despite twice shouting “This is a f****** kangaroo court” and calling the chairman of the bench a “f****** prick” during his magistrates court appearance.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, remained emotionless as he admitted all charges, including two counts of death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance and using a motor vehicle without a licence.

His co-accused, Gwendoline Harrison, 42,  who was the passenger in the car, later admitted a charge of assault intending to resist arrest after she hit a member of the public while they tried to escape the scene.

The prosecution has said they would offer no evidence on Harrison’s second alleged offence of perverting the course of justice.

At a previous hearing, a court heard how part of Brown’s release conditions was not to contact Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, while on licence.

Adjourning sentencing until April 27 at the same court, Judge Anthony Potter told Brown: “I’m satisfied there’s good reason for adjournment in your case. In the meantime you will be remanded into custody.”

Tyrone Smith QC, defending, said the presiding sentencing judge would need to watch “troubling” CCTV footage before they passed sentence.

He said: “The mitigation I am likely to put forward is the plea.”

The victims’ mother, Louise Platt-May, paid tribute to her sons after the crash, describing them as “amazing” and “cheeky” boys who will “be deeply missed”.

She said: “Casper was a cheeky little boy, always getting into trouble and driving his brothers crazy.

“But he was so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them.

“Corey was an amazing boy. He never kept still, always had to be doing something and coming up with new ideas of things to do.”

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