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Death car crash teenager has suffered enough'

PUBLISHED: 16:14 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

A JUDGE handed the sole survivor of a stolen car crash minimal punishment, saying that he had suffered enough. Grant Holland, 18, pleaded guilty for riding in a vehicle that had been taken in aggravated circumstances, at Croydon Crown Court last Wednes

A JUDGE handed the sole survivor of a stolen car crash minimal punishment, saying that he had suffered enough.

Grant Holland, 18, pleaded guilty for riding in a vehicle that had been taken in aggravated circumstances, at Croydon Crown Court last Wednesday.

After hearing of the deaths of the two other joyriders and the horrific injuries the boy had received, the judge said he had already been punished enough.

He released him with a 12-month conditional discharge and disqualified him from driving for a year.

Holland, of Ravensbury Road Orpington, was in the front passenger seat of a Honda Accord on January 24 when the crash occurred.

The car had been stolen by the accused, and two other Orpington teenagers Jay Barry, who was driving and Larry Hall, who was in the back.

When overtaking on St Paul's Cray Road the stolen vehicle struck a Mondeo mini-cab coming from the opposite direction.

Larry Hall, 17, died before reaching the hospital and Jay Barry died in the Royal London Hospital after an emergency operation lasting six hours.

The prosecutor, Hamish Reid said how Holland had also been severely injured with a broken pelvis, fractured skull, broken ribs, a punctured lung and a damaged arm.

He was also in a coma for three days and had still not got the use of his right arm.

Bernard Richmond, QC told Holland: "I suspect this will haunt your dreams for many years, and perhaps that is all to the good. And I suspect that you and your family have had a dreadful time. It has been worse for the families of those who died.

"Due to the very unusual circumstances and the vast injury you have suffered, which will constantly remind you of what happened, I will take no further action.

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