October 2019

Killer driver Carl White had child abuse images

Carl White

A killer driver jailed last week for causing the death of a 19-year-old woman was back in court today for possessing child abuse images

Carl White, 39, left Charlotte Carroll for dead after hitting her at 70mph on a 30mph road in Birkenhead and later phoned the police to say he was too scared to go back to the scene.

After his arrest following the fatal crash on May 19 last year police found indecent images of children on his mobile phone and animal porn images.

He was jailed for four and a half years last week after admitting causing death by dangerous driving and sentencing for the indecent images offences was adjourned until today.

Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court: “His phone was seized for the purpose of examining it, to see if he was using it at the time of the collision.

“When that was done, nine indecent images of children were recovered from the phone.”

The photos were classified as Category C, the least serious category.

“They were taken by capturing the screenshot of videos which were being shown on a Periscope app, which is a streaming service,” said Mr Hopkins.

There were two extreme porn images, portraying sex with animals, he added.

White, a father-of-two, of Larch Grove, Bidston, pleaded guilty to possessing and taking nine indecent images of children and possessing extreme porn.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, sentenced him to two months imprisonment to run concurrently with the sentence imposed last week.

The court heard last week that White, who said he was out in his Honda Civic looking for his daughter, undertook a vehicle on Conway Street shortly before midnight.

Charlotte and her best friend Kate Davies were struck by the Honda on a pedestrian crossing.

Charlotte was thrown into the air and died from catastrophic multiple injuries.

Kate suffered a broken foot.

Judge Louise Brandon said White was “cowardly, selfish and irresponsible” after it emerged he carried on driving.

Expert analysis of CCTV footage showed White, who claimed he was driving at “30ish”, was speeding at almost 70 mph.

Martine Snowdon, defending, said he was “stressed” after hearing his daughter, who had arranged a sleepover at a friend’s house, was not present.

“As a father of two teenagers and with a teenage daughter of his own, the effects of the horrific tragedy are particularly poignant for this defendant.”

Judge Brandon, who banned him from driving for six years three months, said that his victim “had everything to live for.

“The decency of her family and friends after the collision is in stark contrast to the cowardly actions of this defendant.”