Killer driver had never taken a driving lesson

West Midlands Police

A dangerous driver who killed his passenger when he crashed his car during a street race had never taken a driving lesson, a court has heard.

Ashley David Lovekin lost control of his Peugeot 206 hatchback while attempting to race an Audi in a 30mph zone in Wolverhampton. He struck a lamppost, instantly killing his passenger, Nicola Robertson, 31.

He had no driving licence, no insurance and had never taken a driving lesson. After reaching speeds of 50mph, Lovekin collided with the lamppost as he tried to weave in and out of traffic.

Though he originally admitted to causing death by dangerous driving, Lovekin tried to appeal against his five year eight month sentence, but it was rejected by judges at London's Appeal Court, stating that the original trial judge was "perfectly entitled" to find him a danger to society, the Birmingham Mail reported.

Lovekin, who has previously served seven years' detention for stabbing his mother's boyfriend to death, must also serve a further five years on extended licence after his release.

Seeking permission to appeal against his sentence, Lovekin's legal representatives described him as "not a menace" and that he had turned over a new leaf. However, appeal court judges disagreed, with Mr Justice Mitting commenting: "The judge was entitled to find that the sentence must protect the public from the significant risk of serious harm posed by further offending.

"For that reason this renewed application for permission to appeal is refused."