Mum-to-be, 21, killed boyfriend in crash after boasting she could ‘beat the sat nav’


A mum-to-be who killed her boyfriend in a horror crash after boasting she could “beat the sat nav” has been jailed and will give birth in prison.

Megan Wagstaff, 21, ploughed her Seat Ibiza into a tree killing Harry Jenks, who was also 21, following a night out on March 25 last year.

A court heard when the car’s sat nav told her their journey would take 25 minutes Wagstaff bragged: “Well we’ll do it in 10.”

But the hairdresser lost control on a double bend and smashed into a tree killing her boyfriend of two weeks who was in the back of the car in Atherstone, Warwickshire, on March 25 last year.

Wagstaff, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, previously denied causing death by dangerous driving after claiming she had only been doing 30mph but she later admitted her guilt.

On Friday she was jailed for two-and-a-half years jailed and banned from driving for six years and three months at Warwick Crown Court.

The court heard Wagstaff was pregnant and expecting her first child with her current boyfriend in September.

Harry, a business management student at Aston University, lived in Burntwood, Staffordshire, with mum Dawn, 53, and his 59-year-old father Nigel.

He also had two older siblings, Spencer, 29, and 26-year-old Lydia.

The court heard Dawn has been left suicidal, and has to rely on antidepressants and sleeping tablets.

After was sentenced, the heartbroken mum said: “If she has that child taken off her when she gives birth in prison, at least she’ll have an idea of what we’re feeling.

“She might experience some of the hurt she has caused – but it won’t bear any semblance to the pain we will experience forever.

“She will walk free in a year or so, but we are still living this every single day and will do for the rest of their lives. No sentence will ever be enough.

“The last thing I said to my son was ‘she’s not a keeper, is she?’ and the fact she has moved on so quick has proved that.

“She also lied to police about the speed she was going, so that also speaks a lot about her character.”

Antonie Muller, prosecuting, told the court Wagstaff was driving on the B4116 Coleshill Road with her friend Poppy Daniels in the front and Mr Jenks in the back seat.

The three of them were heading to Coleshill, Warwickshire, and when they got in the car Miss Daniels had asked how long it would take.

The Seat’s satnav indicated 25 minutes before Wagstaff boasted that she could do it in 10 minutes.

Mr Muller added: “She certainly drove like that, and was told by both Poppy Daniels and Harry Jenks to slow down.

“She did not, and moments before she lost control, she took her eyes off the road.”

Mr Jenks was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics while Miss Daniels had a bleed on the brain and other injuries and was in hospital for almost a week.”

A keen footballer, Harry played at one point for Hednesford Town, and had been working as a team manager at Co-op as part of his university course.

His mum said he had big plans to travel to America, with the possibility of working in the car industry.

Lewis Perry, defending, said: “It is a tragic case, as everyone in court will appreciate, for all those involved – particularly for the deceased’s family, but also for Miss Wagstaff herself.”

He said she had suffered significant mental health issues since the incident and had received counselling.

He added: “I submit that a suspended sentence would be proportionate.”

Sentencing, Anthony Potter told her: “The sad fact is that there is nothing I can do by way of sentence that can possibly reflect the loss of Harry Jenks to his family.

“I’m not satisfied you were exceeding the speed limit, but you were doing well in excess of what was appropriate on that road in the circumstances.”

Paying tribute to her son, Dawn said: “He was a beautiful boy. He lived for life. Everyone loved Harry and he loved life. He was just so kind.

“We never had a cross word to say about him. He couldn’t leave the house if he thought he had upset anyone. He would kiss us and tell us he loved us all the time.”


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