Boy, 15, weeps and holds his mother's hand through security barrier as judge remands him in custody on charges of causing death by dangerous driving of three children and two men in Leeds crash
- 15-year-old appeared at Leeds Youth Court for causing the death of five people
- Stolen Renault Clio hit a tree in scenes described by police as 'complete carnage'
- Ellis and Elliott Thornton, 12 and 14, Darnell Harte, 15, Robbie Meerun, 24 and Anthoney Armour, 28, all died in the crash
A teenager has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after three children and two men died when a stolen car ploughed into a tree.
The 15-year-old wept as he was remanded in custody at Leeds Youth Court on charges of causing the death of five people on Saturday night.
Brothers Ellis and Elliott Thornton, 12 and 14, Darnell Harte, 15, and Robbie Meerun, 24, died when the Renault Clio they were travelling in hit a tree in scenes described by police as 'complete carnage'.
Father-of-two Anthoney Armour, 28, was also killed in the crash.
The 15-year-old has been remanded in custody at Leeds Youth Court on charges of causing the death of five people, who were killed when the Renault Clio they were travelling in hit a tree. Pictured, the mother of one of the victims being comforted at the scene
Brothers?Ellis, 12, and Elliott Kimmitt, 14, were two of the five people killed in a car accident on Stonegate Road in Leeds
Darnell Harte, 15, (left) and 24-year-old Robbie Meerun (right), also died when the car ploughed into a tree
Police believe six people were in the black Renault Clio when it crashed in Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of Leeds shortly before 10pm.
The car had allegedly been stolen from a supermarket worker in the Headingley area of Leeds at 6.30pm the same evening and was driven ‘at high speed’ when it crashed.?
Half the car is said to have ‘disappeared’ on impact.
Anthoney Armour, 28, was expecting another baby in three weeks
Sporting a black eye and with his left arm in a sling, the boy stood in the dock in court this morning and spoke only to give his name, address and date of birth.
A man and a woman, believed to be his parents, sat directly in front of the dock.
After he was remanded in custody by District Judge Marie Mallon, the boy pushed his fingers through the gaps in the security barrier for his mother to hold before he was led away.
Prosecutor David Holderness said threats had been made against the youngster from members of the deceased families’ and there was a police presence outside his family home.
His solicitor Stephen Smithson described the events as ‘tragic circumstances’.?
He will appear again at Leeds Crown Court on December 13.
On Monday, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths told reporters that emergency services had been confronted by 'a scene of total carnage' when they arrived.
Relatives of the dead brothers were among a succession of people who have visited the growing shrine of flowers, balloons, candles and messages at the crash scene.
The 15-year-old was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after the crash.?
A second 15-year-old, who is understood not to have been in the car, was arrested in the area but later released under investigation.?
Two of the victims died at the scene and three died later in hospital.??
Officers arriving on the scene the following morning described scenes of 'total carnage'
In a heart wrenching post, Ebony Thornton said her brothers Ellis and Elliott (pictured) were 'her world'?
On Monday morning, the mother of one of the victims (pictured) arrived at the scene and spent some time just standing next to the tree, looking at the scene ?
On Sunday evening members of the community gathered at the scene to pay tribute to the victims
In a heart wrenching post, Ebony Thornton said her brothers Ellis and Elliott were 'her world.'?
She added: 'I wish I told you I love you everyday, I wish I didn't shout, argue and fight with you. I don't think I am ever going to get over the fact you have gone.'?
She also revealed how her mother had given birth to a stillborn son at just 16 weeks in September - meaning she has lost three sons in just over two months.?
Another resident said her husband had gone out and seen the remains of the car and described it as 'a lump of metal that was not recognisable as a car'.
'Cheeky chappy' Elliott Kimmitt, 14, was described as 'so loving towards his family'
Anthoney Armour's partner Sarah Louise Priestley paid an emotional tribute to him, describing him as 'my world and more'. He was a father-of-two whose partner was expecting another child in three weeks
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths?said: 'When I arrived here in the early hours of Sunday morning this was a catastrophic scene.
'All the witnesses, all the police officers, all the emergency services that were here would have seen, absolutely, a scene of total carnage.
'It would have been a horrendous situation for anyone.'?
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