Brothers appear in court after four deaths in car crash


SHEFFIELD: Two brothers have appeared in court after four people, including a one-year-old boy, died in a crash with a car involved in a police pursuit. Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, and his son, Usman Adnan Jarral, died along with Miroslave Duna, 50, and Vlasta Dunova, 41, in Sheffield on Friday night.

All four were killed when their people carrier crashed with a VW Golf. At Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, the VW driver Elliott Bower, 18, and Declan Bower, 23, were remanded in custody. No pleas were entered, with both men due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 10 December. Three other people who were travelling in the people carrier were also injured.

Elliott Bower, of Harborough Avenue, Sheffield, has been charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

According to a BBC report, he is also charged with handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis. Declan Bower, also of Harborough Avenue, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing a death.

In court, a bandage was visible on his left hand, he had cuts to his face and was limping. He is also accused of handing stolen goods, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.

Prosecutor Mark Hughes told the hearing: “The majority of these charges relate to a tragic incident on Friday evening when a vehicle allegedly driven by Elliott Bower and with Declan Bower in the rear of the vehicle collided with a people carrier and resulted in the deaths of four people, including a 16-month-old child.

The crash happened in the Darnall area shortly after 20:50 GMT. The Golf collided with Mr Jarral’s VW Touran as it turned right on to Bannham Road. A 17-year-old boy arrested on Friday in connection with the crash remains in police custody.

Husband and wife Mr Duna and Mrs Dunova are understood to have been friends of Mr Jarral’s wife, Erica Korscenova, 32, who is in a stable condition in hospital.

Their 22-year-old daughter, Nikola Dunova, was also injured and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. Her three-year-old daughter, Livia Matova, who was also in the car and remains in a critical condition. The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, has started an investigation.