BREAKING NEWS: Driver pleads guilty to causing death of Jasmine Elkasmi

Harry Smith, 18, of Haleybridge Walk, Tangmere'PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL
Harry Smith, 18, of Haleybridge Walk, Tangmere'PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL

THE DRIVER who caused the death of 16-year-old Jasmine Elkasmi, from Rose Green, has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Harry Smith, 18, of Haleybridge Walk, Tangmere, appeared at Chichester Crown Court today (June 3) and pleaded guilty to causing the death of Jasmine Elkasmi by dangerous driving.

Two other passengers in the car suffered serious injuries. Smith has also pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The two victims cannot be named for legal reasons.

Sentencing was adjourned until July 21, with Smith warned he would certainly face a prison sentence.

“You must understand that the inevitable sentence is going to be one which requires you to go to detention and for some time,” Judge Christopher Parker QC told Smith.

Jasmine Elkasmi, 16, of Carlton Avenue, Rose Green, died in September last year after the car Smith was driving crashed on the A285 at Halnaker.

Smith was driving the silver Vauxhall Corsa south along the A285 in the early hours of September 21, 2013, when he crashed.

The car left the road and rolled and then ended up on the other side of the road.

Smith was 17 at the time of the accident.

Tributes were paid to the Chichester College student following her death, with hundreds of people gathering at the pier in Bognor Regis to release lanterns and balloons in her memory.

Her family described her as a ‘beautiful and intelligent girl, loved by so many’.