A FORMER joyrider who killed an eight-year-old boy in 2006 has been jailed again for dangerous driving as he raced through a residential area trying to escape the police.
Ashley Lindo, 24, reached up to 60mph along narrow roads in what Teesside Crown Court heard was a "desperate attempt" to flee his pursuers. He drove along footpaths and blew two tyres out when he smashed his car onto the kerb, yet did not stop.
Judge Peter Bowers jailed Lindo, of Orwell Street, Middlesbrough, for 18 months after the defendant admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
He banned him from driving for five years following Lindo's latest example of terrible driving.
In May 2006 he knocked down and killed Daniel Conroy Curtin, aged eight, when Lindo drove a stolen Rover Metro through Riverside Park, Middlesbrough.
For that offence of causing death by dangerous driving he was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for three years, but served half that term.
At 6.30pm on Saturday, April 12 this year a detective spotted the 6ft 4in man getting behind the wheel of a Skoda Octavia in a residential street in central Middlesbrough.
The officer called for a marked police car to respond and when Lindo was pulled over, he slowed down and made as if he was going to stop.
But when an officer got out to speak to him, Lindo accelerated away in the Skoda.
Sue Jacobs, prosecuting, said: "It lurched forward and took off at speed."
The Pc followed about 10m behind Lindo as he sped at up to 60mph along streets of terraced housing where the limit was 30mph.
Some narrow streets operated a 20mph limit, and he drove over 50mph, the court heard.
He flung the car round corners, throwing up dust and debris from the wheels, Miss Jacobs said.
Lindo squeezed his vehicle between bollards and onto footpaths, one which ran behind a primary school, at up to 40mph.
He mounted grass verges and when his route was blocked by another police vehicle, he drove the Skoda hard onto the kerb, causing two tyres to deflate.
After pulling off a handbrake turn in one manoeuvre, Lindo finally ditched the car, a mile after the pursuit began, after the tyres went completely flat.
He ran into a working men's club in Parliament Road where he was arrested.
The prosecution said: "This is a prolonged, persistent course of very bad driving.
"It is clearly aggravated by his previous convictions, the time of day and the locations, as it involved residential streets in central Middlesbrough."
Miss Jacobs said Lindo had 11 convictions for 22 offences, including another dangerous driving offence committed three years after he killed the little boy.
Gary Wood, defending, said Lindo, who is unemployed, was the father of a six-week-old baby.
"Since becoming a father he doesn't go out at all and his outlook on life has changed dramatically," he said.
Lindo's only explanation for the way he drove was that he "panicked", Mr Wood said.
Lindo's reign of terror on the streets
October 2003: Thirteen-year-old Ashley Lindo is made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order after a court hears he had brought terror to the streets surrounding his Middlesbrough home.
January 2004: The teenager is the subject of a television documentary when film makers from BBC’s Inside Out look at whether the Asbo is a successful tool in tackling crime.
January 2005: Lindo is given an 18-month supervision order for stealing cars and driving dangerously. A few months later, a second supervision order is imposed for similar offences.
January 2006: The teenager is given a conditional discharge for possession of cannabis.
May 2006: Now aged 16, Lindo takes a Metro car and crashes into eight-year-old Daniel Conroy-Curtin (left). He runs away leaving the youngster lying fatally injured.
August 2006: Judge Peter Fox sentences Lindo to three years in custody after he pleads guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. The court hears the incident occurred just weeks after he was released early from the previous court supervision order.
September 2006: Daniel’s friends and family gather outside Teesside Crown Court to protest at the length of the sentence handed down to the youngster’s killer.
October 2006: Daniel’s mother, Clare Conroy, speaks out after the two passengers in the stolen car that killed her son are given longer sentences than the driver.
November 2006: Mrs Conroy takes part in the Walk for Justice to campaign for tougher sentences for violent offenders.
May 2007: Mrs Conroy marks the first anniversary of her son's death by planting an apple tree in the grounds of Ayresome Park School, in Middlesbrough, where Daniel attended. During the visit, she sits on the friendship bench which was installed in his memory.
August 2007: Daniel’s mother says “no justice has been served” after learning Lindo will be freed in three months after serving just 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.
November 2007: Lindo is released after serving half his sentence. Mrs Conroy tells The Northern Echo he has never apologised for killing her son.
April 2008: Now 17, the teenager is back behind bars after breaching the terms of his licence.
February 2009: Lindo admits dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and aggravated vehicle taking. The court hears he was involved in a high speed police chase. A month later he is jailed for 23 months.
November 2012: Lindo narrowly misses being jailed for driving while disqualified and without insurance and is given a community order with 180 hours of unpaid work.