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Man fined for motoring offences days after being killed in crash

PUBLISHED: 09:09 26 November 2016

Brothers Shane (left) and Sam Nobbs. PIC: Submitted by Norfolk police.

Brothers Shane (left) and Sam Nobbs. PIC: Submitted by Norfolk police.

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A man who was killed in a car crash near Norwich at the weekend has been convicted and fined for motoring offences - five days after he died.

His girlfriend has hit out at the decision to proceed with the case at the time when the family is grieving.

Sam Nobbs, 20, had been travelling with his brother Shane, 23, in a black Honda Civic along the A140 at Horsham St Faith when the car was involved in a crash with a red LDV Maxus at about 8am on Saturday.

The brothers both died at the scene of the crash while the driver of the van was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where his condition is now described as serious but stable.

Sam, from Mile Cross, had been due to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in connection with driving offences.

He had been charged with using a motor vehicle without third party insurance and otherwise in accordance with a licence, in that he was a provisional licence holder driving without L plates and appropriate supervision. Both offences are said to have happened on South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, on July 7 this year. The case was heard administratively with the magistrates’ court confirming matters were proved in his absence.

His licence was endorsed with six penalty points, he was ordered to pay a £660 fine, costs of £85 and a £66 victim surcharge.

The decision to go ahead with the case days after the death of Sam and his brother have outraged family and friends of the brothers.

Jasmine Colk, 18, Sam’s girlfriend, said: “I feel disgusted that they’ve proceeded with this court hearing.

“It’s been all in the news and the newspaper and you would’ve thought that they would’ve known he’s not here any more. To carry on doing something like that when the person isn’t here is disgusting and disrespectful to the family.

“We’re going through a hard enough time as it is. I feel pretty disgusted with the courts.”

She said Sam’s parents did not want their boys’ names being “dragged through the mud” because they were “good people”.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said they had made enquiries about the case but said it was “handled by the police, not the CPS”.

A Norfolk police spokesman said the police were responsible for summonsing an individual to court for offences, but it was not up to them as to whether a case would be heard.

A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said: “Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Sam Nobbs. At the time this case was listed, Norwich Magistrates’ Court was unaware of his death.

“We would encourage the family of Mr Nobbs to contact us at a time of convenience so we can arrange for the penalty points and fine to be set aside.”

As previously reported, tributes have been paid to the brothers by their family, including mother Lisa who described them as “fun loving”.

She said: “They lived life to the max. They always looked after me and put a smile on my face.”

Police are appealing for information and witnesses to the crash. If you can help, contact 101.

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