Driver who killed 2 brothers in hit-and-run found dead in cell on Christmas Day

A drug driver who killed two brothers in a horrific hit and run earlier this year has been found dead in his prison cell.

Robert Brown was serving a 10-year sentence for causing the deaths of Corey and Casper Platt-May, aged six and two, by dangerous driving.

The career criminal, 53, was found dead in his cell at HMP Dovegate in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, on Christmas Day.

The boys were killed by Brown on February 22 and three months later their father Reece killed himself in Corfu.

A spokesman for Serco, the private company which runs the prison, said: "We can confirm an inmate has died at HMP Dovegate.

"There will be a coroner’s inquest in due course."

Brown, who was banned from driving and has never had a licence, was travelling at more than twice the speed limit when he struck Corey and Casper on February 22 of this year.

The 53-year-old, of Wyken, Warwickshire, had taken cocaine, diazepam and zopiclone in the hours before the tragedy.

The two brothers were with their mother Louise Platt-May when Brown’s car hit them as they crossed the road in Coventry.

Brown ploughed into the boys while driving at 61mph in a 30mph zone.

He fled the scene with his girlfriend Gwendoline Harrison but both were later arrested. He was sentenced to nine years behind bars for two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

That was later increased to 10 and a half years by the Court of Appeal.

Brown had 30 previous convictions for driving offences and had only been released from prison six days before the crash after serving half of a six-month sentence for having an offensive weapon.

Harrison, 42, of Wyken, was jailed for six months after admitting assault intending to resist arrest and attempting to flee the scene.

Brown had never had a driving licence in his life and was banned from driving at the time of the crash.

Three months after the tragedy in February the boy’s dad Reece Platt-May hanged himself in Corfu.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of Mr Platt-May.

Brave mum Louise, 28, has campaigned for longer sentence for killer drivers and spoke out after Brown’s sentence was increased.

She said: "We are pleased that the driver has been given a longer prison sentence, as what our family has had to go through, and will continue experience for the rest of our lives, highlights the need for the toughest possible sentences to be handed out to drivers who ruin lives.

"We repeat our call for the Government to honour Corey and Casper’s legacy by ensuring proposals to introduce tougher sentences for drivers who kill are made law as soon as practically possible."

She added: "The events of that day and having to witness your children die in front of you is something that our family will never get over.

"We will never forgive the driver for the way he ripped our family apart.

"Life without Corey and Casper is so difficult to put into words.

"Knowing we won’t see their cheeky smile or hear their infectious laugh again is heartbreaking."

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