Passenger in car that killed Simon Large sentenced to 15 months
Published: 10 May 2013 13:00
A PASSENGER in a car where the driver was found guilty of murder has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for perverting the course of justice.
Ryan Quartermaine, from Mead Avenue, Slough, was sentenced today at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty at a hearing in April.
The 21-year-old was in the car with Ricky Clarke-Dilly, from Grampian Way, Slough, when Clarke-Dilly drove into 24-year-old Simon Large in Ascot High Street on October 14.
The three men were part of two groups of friends that had been involved in a series of altercations in and outside Club One prior to the fatal collision.
Quartermaine, who had hired the Volkswagen Golf R32 to celebrate his 21st birthday, and Clarke-Dilly fled from the car after crashing it moments after hitting Mr Large.
After being caught by police, Quartermaine lied about what had happened in the incident.
He texted his girlfriend to say his car keys had been stolen in the nightclub and told a police officer the same story when he was arrested.
Senior investigating officer Det Chief Inspector Gill Wootton, from Major Crime, said: "This was a serious case of perverting the course of justice. Ryan Quatermaine lied to police in the immediate aftermath of the collision in order to distance himself from the investigation.
"Although he was not driving the car at the time, he was instrumental in trying to cover-up what really happened.
"I welcome the sentence given by the court and I hope it sends out a clear message that anyone who chooses to lie to police or attempts to influence the course of an investigation can expect a prison sentence, especially in a case as serious as this."
Clarke-Dilly, 22, told police Quartermaine grabbed the wheel and swerved towards Mr Large, but later retracted the statement.
On Thursday last week, Clarke-Dilly was given a life sentence after a jury found him guilty of murder.
He will serve a minimum of 15 years before he is considered for release.