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Men drove for hours ringing escorts while girl, 16, died in backseat, jury hears – The Guardian

Miranda Moore QC, opening the prosecution case, said Burder’s mother spotted her son and King supporting a “drunk” Megan into the car.

A 16-year-old girl was left to die on the backseat of a car as two men drove her around while ringing escorts and stopping to buy beer, a court has heard.

Moore told the jury the shop’s outside CCTV would show King walking back to the Vauxhall and he “appears to be looking at the backseat of the car”.

Megan Bannister, 16, was discovered on the backseat of a car after the vehicle was involved in a crash near Enderby, Leicestershire, on 14 May.




Megan Bannister, 16, was discovered on the backseat of a car after the vehicle was involved in a crash near Enderby, Leicestershire, on 14 May.
Photograph: Leicestershire police/PA

Men drove for hours ringing escorts while girl, 16, died in backseat, jury hears

Prosecutors say Jason Burder and Adam King plied Megan Bannister with alcohol and ecstasy, then strangled her but chose not to seek help

Moore said Burder and King, who were arrested at the crash scene, had “collective amnesia” about what had happened to Megan, although Burder claimed King “spiked” his beer.

Jurors were told how phone analysis, ANPR roadside cameras, and shop receipts would show how instead of driving Megan to seek help, the men spent hours driving around – until the crash.

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