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Media captionThe sisters of Darnell Harte say the sentence is too short
West Yorkshire Police said here Renault Clio the latter are circulating in had been stolen from the Headingley area of the city earlier the same day.
The boy, who cannot be mentioned because of his age, was sentenced to four-and-a-half-years’ detainees and disqualified from driving for seven years and three months by Judge Peter Collier QC.
The court heard eyewitnesses say the car was being driven erratically and on the wrong side of the road before it crashed.
The prosecutor said a passerby who had gone to the aid of the passengers described visualizing the boy absconding the situation despite being told to wait for police.
The judge said: “It was your driving of that vehicle on that night which has caused all this hurting and hurt.
“I know what happened that night will shape their own lives every day from now on.
“I do not think there will ever be a time of day when you will not remember what happened and repent what you did.”
Outside court Darnell Harte’s sisters wept as they spoke to reporters, with one saying: “In two years’ time he’s going to be out and we’re going to have to see his face and not say anything because he’s helped right in some people’s seeings – to me that’s not justice, because I’m never going to see my little brother ever again.
“He was the best friend you could ever have.”
Speaking at the moment of its clang, police said they had been confronted by a scene of “complete carnage”.
Two of the passengers were declared dead at the site of the gate-crash and three expired a short period of time afterwards in hospital.
After the hearing Supt Lisa Atkinson said: “To forget three children and two adults in such an important occurrence is perfectly frightful. Many, many parties were affected by it.
“I was operating the weekend that it happened and I can speak personally about how everyone was affected, the emergency services, the residents.
“It was rightfully ghastly, a vehicle passing at three times the quicken limit in a residential area.
“A 15 -year-old boy is now starting a convict and he will be affected by this for the rest of his life.”
David Holderness from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This was a truly shocking misdemeanour in which five young people lost their lives.
“The defendant acted in a supremely dangerous method, driving erratically and at speeds of around 88 mph in a residential area.
“Tragically, his scapegoats paid the price of the driver’s utter irresponsibility with their lives.”