A man who was killed in a driving collision on 19 November has received a conviction and hundreds of pounds worth of fines from a UK court for motoring offences – five days after his tragic death.
Sam Nobbs, 20 and his 23-year-old brother Shane were travelling in a Honda Civic when it collided with a van on the A140 near Norwich last week. Both men died at the scene of the crash while the van driver, aged in his 40s, suffered "life-changing" injuries.
Before the incident occurred, Sam was due to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on 24 November in connection with driving offences from July earlier this year. According to the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press – officials were not informed he had passed away.
On the day of the court hearing, magistrates issued a fine of £660 for driving without supervision while only having a provisional licence. Sam was also given six penalty points and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £66 victim surcharge.
"I feel disgusted that they've proceeded with this court hearing," Sam's 18-year-old girlfriend Jasmine Colk told local media. "It's been all in the news and the newspaper and you would have thought that they would have known he's not here anymore.
"To carry on doing something like that when the person isn't here is disgusting and disrespectful to the family. We're going through a hard enough time as it is. I feel pretty disgusted with the courts."
Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said: "Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Sam Nobbs. At the time this case was listed, Norwich Magistrates' Court was unaware of his death. We would encourage the family of Mr Nobbs to contact us at a time of convenience so we can arrange for the penalty points and fine to be set aside."
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the case was being "handled by the police", however a Norfolk police spokesman said officers were responsible for bringing an individual to court for offences but it was not up to them whether a case would be heard.
On 24 November, Lisa Nobbs, the mother of Sam and Shane, described them as "fun loving" and said they always "lived life to the max". In a statement, she added: "They will always be in my heart, my two little rays of sunshine. Sleep tight babies, lots of love always and forever, mum."
A fundraising page set up to raise money for the family has – at the time of going to press – received donations of over £2,000. "This is to help their family for the cost of their funeral," a mission statement read.
An investigation into the crash remains active. Police are appealing for information and witnesses to the crash. "Officers are keen to trace the driver of a silver or grey 4x4 which was travelling on the A140 between the NDR and Waterloo Road towards Aylsham on Saturday around the time the incident happened as it's believed they may have important information," police said.