Teenager, aged 19, killed five people and injured two others when he crashed his stolen car into the tree. He was caught driving AGAIN, despite never having taken a test.

  • Jason Lee Asquith was the driver of a stolen Renault Clio that crashed in 2017
  • It killed five people, including two brothers  Ellis and Elliott Thornton,  12 and 14 
  • Asquith was convicted of dangerous driving death and held for four years 
  • He was released last year, and he is now back behind the wheel 

A teenage killer driver who ended the lives of five people in a horror crash aged just 15 has been caught back behind the wheel again  – with no licence, insurance or MOT.

Jason Lee Asquith was driving the stolen Renault Clio when it crashed in a tree in Leeds, on November 25, 2017. 

Brothers Ellis and Elliott Thornton, both aged 12 and 14, were killed with Darnell Harte (15), Anthony Armour (28), and Robbie Meerun (24).

He admitted that he was responsible for the deaths of all five victims by dangerous driving, and was sentenced at four and a-half years in prison.

He was released on parole last year and is currently prohibited from driving for another seven years. 

Last week Asquith was caught driving again, despite never having taken a test.

Judge Peter Collier, QC stated that it was the driving of that car that caused all the pain and hurt that night.

.Brothers Ellis and Elliott Thornton, aged 12 and 14, were both killed in the horrific crash

Elliott Thornton and brother Ellis, both aged 12 and 14, were killed in the terrible crash. 

Robbie Meerun, 24, lost his life in the fatal accident when Asquith was driving a stolen car

Robbie Meerun (24 years old) lost his life when Asquith drove a stolen car.

The crash scene in Leeds where the five people had been killed after a stolen car crashed

Leeds crash scene, where five people were killed in a car accident.

Because of his age, the teenager was not identified publicly at his 2019 first court case.

The reporting restrictions no longer apply to the appearance he made in adult court last Wednesday.

Penrith JPs were told that Asquith was disqualified for driving in a Ford Focus in Oak Road Penrith.

He admitted the offence, and he also admitted that he didn’t have insurance or MOT. He also pleaded guilty when he was asked to stop by a officer.

Shelley Harte, Darnell’s mother, was devastated and shouted: “He killed five people and got away.” They let him drive again, and he got away with it again.

“He served two and a half years and three months out the four years. He had moved to the Lake District, which she had no idea of.

Darnell Harte, 15, died after the stolen Renault Clio crashed into a tree in Leeds in  2017

Darnell Harte, 15, died after the stolen Renault Clio crashed into a tree in Leeds in  2017

Anthony Armour, 28, was among the adult victims of the stolen car crash back in 2017

Anthony Armour, 28 years old, was one of the adult victims in the 2017 car theft crash.

“I am absolutely horrified that this man has been back behind a wheel again. He has not learned from his mistakes

“He killed five people, and is now sitting there laughing at us. At least he is old enough for us to name him unlike before.

“I received a letter from a York liaison officer about a case. I ignored it but she wrote back again so I called her.

“She couldn’t tell me what he was in Court for – but I Googled it and found it right away.

“He has been sent back to prison. He can apply for parole again anytime between November and May when his original sentence expires, so he won’t likely serve his entire sentence.

“It is absolutely disgusting. He has never been licensed or taken a driving exam. After being released from prison last January, he was supposed be banned for many years.

“If he is being held again, he should not be given seven days even though that technically did trigger his recall. It sends the wrong signal. They are giving him the green signal to drive a vehicle again and kill another person.

He was released on February 28, 2020. She added that this offence occurred in April 2019, just over a year after he was released.