Banned driver who killed a couple on their tandem brags he will ‘only get four years’

May 22, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A banned driver who killed a couple on a tandem bicycle has bragged he will ”only get four years” for causing the double tragedy.

Drug addict Nicholas Lovell today faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for killing Ross and Clare Simons.

But fellow inmates say he is treating the case as a ”joke” – and has shown no remorse.

Nicky Lovell admitting killing the couple

Nicky Lovell admitting killing the couple

Lovell's partner Louise Cox lied for him

Lovell’s partner Louise Cox lied to police for him

Cowardly Lovell, 38, hit Ross and Clare and left them dead in the road while he was being chased by police in Hanham, Bristol, in January.

He has admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and is being held on remand in Bristol’s Horfield Prison.

Former friend John Fleming said another inmate told him that Lovell – who has a long history of motoring offences – was cockily talking about the case.

He said: “He’s been up there laughing about it and telling people he’s only going to get four or five years. He thinks it’s all a joke. He hasn’t shown any remorse.”

John, 40, added that two weeks before the tragedy Lovell had challenged him to a high-speed road race, boasting: “I don’t care if I go 90mph and hit someone.”

The families of Ross, 34, and Clare, 30, who would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary this week, said they feared Lovell would kill again.

In a statement ahead of today’s sentencing they said: “Nicholas Lovell has shown no remorse, he has no regrets, he hasn’t learnt his lessons from the past.

Ross Simons, 32, and Clare Simons, 30, died after being knocked off their tandem bicycle by speeding driver Nicky Lovell in Bristol

Ross Simons, 32, and Clare Simons, 30, died after being knocked off their tandem bicycle by speeding driver Nicky Lovell in Bristol

“Our fear is not only for us, but for the parents who will lose their children and the children who will lose their parents to this man in the future.”

Lovell, of Oldland Common, Bristol, killed Ross and Clare after police spotted him behind the wheel of a Citreon Picasso which belonged to his lover Louise Cox, 35.

He fled the scene and left Cox behind and she lied to police about who was driving.

She has admitted perverting the course of justice and will also be sentenced today.

Ross and Clare, who were planning to start IVF treatment, were described as ‘a perfect couple’ by relatives who held candlelit vigils at the scene of their deaths.

Ross’ sister Kelly Woodruff said: “They were two amazing people and so, so loved.

“To have them taken away from us is heart-wrenching.

“They were the perfect couple. They loved each other unconditionally, they were made for each other.”

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