Teenage driver facing jail over death of carer

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A teenager is facing jail after admitting causing the death of a carer by dangerous driving.

Stephen Cutmore, 19, pleaded guilty to causing Julie Shaw’s death last September.

Julie Shaw, left, who died in a RTA on Santingley Lane, New Crofton in September 2013

Julie Shaw, left, who died in a RTA on Santingley Lane, New Crofton in September 2013

The 45-year-old mum-of-two, from Normanton, was working as a carer when she died on Santingley Lane, New Crofton.

Her brother, speaking at the time of the tragedy, said: “She loved her job and enjoyed helping people, she never had a bad word to say against anyone.”

Cutmore, of Hammerton Grove, Ryhill, was due to go on trial this week at Leeds Crown Court but changed his plea on Tuesday.

Robin Frieze, defending, said: “He is a young man of 19, of previous good character.”

Judge James Spencer QC adjourned sentencing until the New Year.

He bailed Cutmore but warned him: “You have now pleaded guilty to a very serious matter and I can tell you the guidelines that I have to observe suggest that for this kind of case there must be an immediate prison sentence.”

He added: “You should not read into the fact I am calling for a report and also releasing you on bail as any indication I will not follow the guidelines.

“You must be sensible here and expect there will be a prison sentence.”

He told Cutmore not to succumb to excess while on bail over the Christmas period.

The judge added: “Don’t be tempted, don’t do anything foolish because it can only harm you in the long run.

“You just be thankful to be at home with your family and be reflective of what your situation is.”

He is expected to be sentenced on January 12.