US News Dad of boys killed in hit-and-run found dead in Corfu hotel room

17:30  17 may  2018
17:30  17 may  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Casper and Corey Platt-May © Other Casper and Corey Platt-May

The father of two brothers killed in a hit-and-run in Coventry has been found dead in a hotel room in Corfu.

Reece Platt-May was found on the popular Greek holiday island in the early hours of Thursday, West Midlands Police said.

His death comes three weeks after career criminal Robert Brown was jailed for nine years for killing Mr Platt-May's two sons, Corey, six, and Casper, two, in February.

Police said Mr Platt-May's death is not being treated as suspicious and his family has been notified, while the matter will be passed to the coroner.

Mr Platt-May was last seen in public at Brown's sentencing on 27 April when he wore a Manchester United scarf to signify his sons' devotion to football.

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Reese Platt-May, the father of the brothers, hugs his sister Tia Fletcher close to the scene on Friday © PA Reese Platt-May, the father of the brothers, hugs his sister Tia Fletcher close to the scene on Friday The family said they felt the sentence was not severe enough and called on the Government to put in place its proposals for tougher sentences for drivers who kill made law "as soon as practically possible".

"We don't blame the judge for the sentence imposed but what today has highlighted is that those who rip families apart seem to get off more lightly," the family's lawyer Rebecca Hearsey said.

"Robert Brown showed total disregard for the law when he got behind the wheel that day and because of him we're living a life sentence knowing we'll never see our boys grow up, while he will be out of prison in just a few years and will be free to continue his life."

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The brothers were on the way to the park when they were hit by Brown's black Ford Focus as they crossed the road with their mother, their two other brothers and relatives in the Stoke area of Coventry at about 2pm on 22 February.

Both boys were taken to hospital but could not be saved.

The scene where a black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after Casper Platt-May and his brother Corey Platt-May were killed © PA The scene where a black Ford Focus was found abandoned a short time after Casper Platt-May and his brother Corey Platt-May were killed Brown, 53, who had no insurance or driving licence, had been released from prison six days before the crash and had an extensive criminal record.

One witness statement read in court had likened Brown's driving to that of "a madman" who just didn't brake in time.

Brown was found to have taken cocaine some time before the collision.

Louise Platt-May, the boys' mother, described Corey as "an amazing boy" who "never kept still" and loved school, but his main passion in life was football, which his grandfather said he had a clear talent for at a very early age.

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Mrs Platt-May said Casper was a "cheeky little boy, always getting into trouble" but who was "so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them".

His smile "could light up any room", she said.

Dad of boys killed in hit-and-run found dead in Corfu hotel room © Getty Dad of boys killed in hit-and-run found dead in Corfu hotel room CCTV, exclusively obtained by Sky News the day after the crash, was pivotal in the police investigation and enabled officers to establish the vehicle was travelling at least 61mph - more than double the speed limit.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police, described the crash as "horrendous" for everyone involved.

He described Brown as "a callous individual who knew what he was doing", adding: "This was no accident, it was a deliberate act.

"He got behind that wheel knowing he shouldn't have and drove at those speeds knowing he shouldn't be driving at those speeds."

Brown, who admitted all charges, was convicted of two counts of death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance and using a motor vehicle without a licence.

He is serving his sentence concurrently and was also disqualified from driving for 10 years and six months following his release.

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