Racing drivers fight against prison terms

Adam Cox, 23, jailed for five years for causing the death of teaching assistant June Bryce-Stephen in a car crash on Halifax Road.

Adam Cox, 23, jailed for five years for causing the death of teaching assistant June Bryce-Stephen in a car crash on Halifax Road.

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TWO Sheffield motorists who caused the death of a city grandmother as they raced along a busy dual carriageway are appealing against their sentences.

Adam Cox, aged 23 and Simon Chevens, 42, had been speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and following each other bumper to bumper when 56-year-old June Bryce-Stephens was killed.

Simon Chevens, 42, jailed for seven years for causing the death of teaching assistant June Bryce-Stephen in a car crash on Halifax Road.

Simon Chevens, 42, jailed for seven years for causing the death of teaching assistant June Bryce-Stephen in a car crash on Halifax Road.

Ms Bryce-Stephens, a support teacher at Hinde House School, was driving her Nissan Micra along Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge, when Cox’s silver Honda Civic ploughed into her.

Now the pair are appealing against their sentences in a move which has angered their victim’s heartbroken family.

Joanne Capille, 40, a mum-of-one, from Hillsborough, said she was appalled at their attempt to get their sentences reduced.

“At the end of the day they chose to do what they did – this was not an accident, it was the result of them choosing to race knowing that they were putting lives at risk.

“You can’t race at 80mph in a 40mph zone knowing there is a very, very strong chance that at the very least somebody is going to get injured.

“These were deliberate and prolonged actions for which they have gone to prison and I think they should show some respect to my mum and her family for what they did.

“I am absolutely disgusted at the pair of them – they have shown no remorse for what they have done, in fact if anything they have shown the complete opposite.”

Ms Bryce-Stephens’ family has been kept up to date with the appeals lodged by Cox and Chevens through calls from South Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Sheffield Crown Court was told Cox, of Oldfield Road, Stannington, had been racing an orange Ford Focus driven by Chevens, of Wood Close, Chapeltown, just seconds before the smash.

Chevens, who had passed his test just 10 days earlier, fled the scene without calling the emergency services.

Despite numerous witnesses telling police they had seen Chevens racing Cox he denied any involvement in the crash and opted for a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Chevens, who was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, was jailed for seven years and Cox, who admitted the offence, received a five-year prison term.

The pair – branded ‘arrogant’ when they were jailed – were each banned from driving for a decade and must take an extended retest afterwards.