Death driver warned of jail term

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A MORPETH man has been told is he likely to face jail after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

Ashley Lawson, of Second Avenue, Stobhill, pleaded guilty to killing Claire Dickman on March 31 this year on the A192 at Barmoor Bank, having stolen a Vauxhall Vectra on the same day.

The car left the road and overturned. Ms Dickman, who lived at Eighth Avenue in Stobhill, was confirmed dead at the scene.

Lawson was charged with death by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance or a licence.

The 23-year-old admitted all charges and was told that he would be sentenced next month.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, judge David Wood said: “A pre-sentence report does not give any indication to what the sentence will be, the sentence will be determined when the report is ready, but I suspect you have been advised a prison sentence is the likely outcome for this case and that’s something you need to bear in mind.”

Lawson will be sentenced at the court on October 7.