Killer driver jailed for ten years for manslaughter

Killer driver jailed for ten years for manslaughter

By Adele Forrest | 16/01/2018

Killer driver jailed for ten years for manslaughter
Reece Thompson

A DISQUALIFIED driver who ran over a 37-year-old man during an altercation has been jailed for ten years.

Reece Thompson (26) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Richard Broughton at an earlier hearing and was jailed today (Tuesday) at Sheffield Crown Court and handed a seven-year driving ban.

Thompson had only been released from prison a month before he killed Mr Broughton.

Thompson’s step-brother, Jon-Paul Jones (24), of Welland Crescent, admitted affray and witness intimidation and was jailed for three years.

Mr Broughton (pictured below) died in hospital two days after he was struck by a Suzuki Swift Thompson was driving in Welland Crescent, Elsecar, on April 28 last year.

Thompson, also known as Kayne Reece Jones, had denied murdering Mr Broughton but offered a guilty plea to manslaughter, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Prosecutor Mr Jonathan Sharp said Thompson had been on licence at the time of the offence and had been banned from driving in June 2016 for 62 months.

Mr Sharp said: “He has a long antecedent history totalling 34 convictions for 93 offences. 

“He has a bad record for driving and vehicle related offences, 41 in total.”

The prosecutor said on the day of the incident the defendants had clashed with the victim and his friend, Ian Eastwood, because “Jones had said Eastwood had been spreading rumours about him”.

Jones (pictured below) damaged Mr Eastwood’s car and assaulted him, said Mr Sharp.

“Mr Eastwood then drove to the home of Richard Broughton, a close friend, cleaned himself up and told Richard what had happened,” said Mr Sharp.

At around 6.45pm the defendants and Mr Eastwood and Mr Broughton clashed on Welland Crescent.

Mr Broughton was armed with a baseball bat and the altercation was captured on CCTV.

Mr Sharp said: “Seeing Mr Broughton coming, Thompson jumped back into the Suzuki. 

“Broughton went to strike the windscreen with the baseball bat, as he did so, Thompson drove forwards, hitting him and knocking him to the ground. He then continued driving forwards.

“Richard was dragged under the car for about 20ft before his body emerged from under the vehicle.

“Thompson then immediately drove off at speed, leaving Broughton lying in the street.”