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[July 25, 2014]

Killer car thief boasts of easy life behind bars ; Tragic boy's mum says: It feels like a kick to the stomach [Liverpool Echo (England)]

(Liverpool Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A SERIAL car thief who killed his best friend while joyriding posted "selfies" from behind bars - boasting of his easy life.

Smug Dale Done, who is serving eight years for death by dangerous driving, put half-naked pictures on a social network-tures networking site using an illicit mobile phone.

The 23-year-old killer used the smuggled phone to brag about getting drunk and playing computer games.

Done, formerly of Bramcote Road, Kirkby, was jailed in 2009 after admitting causing the death of his long-time friend, Daniel Harding, He crashed a stolen Mini Cooper when he pulled out at speed into rush-hour traffic on a busy Maghull road trying to escape police.


Liverpool Crown Court heard that Done had 37 previous convictions, mainly for car crime and burglary, Daniel's mum Julie condemned the Facebook boasts. One post read: "Goin to get rotton [slang for drunk] agen today haha." She said: "It did feel like a kick to the stomach. I've not seen Dale Done since the day of the trial and seeing him with that smug look on his face, it was a gut-wrenching moment where you think there's no remorse.

"I don't comprehend where there is any punishment involved in this sentence if that's what he's allowed to do while he is in there. If he doesn't feel deprived of the things other young men his age have got, then where's the deterrent not to go inside again." Daniel, a former Ruff-Ruff wood School pupil, was a back-seat passenger in the stolen Mini Cooper which crashed shortly after police had signalled the driver to stop.

Done and his codefendant Dominic Byrne, then 21, ran from the car after it had slammed into a Hyundai Accent and spun across Foxhouse Lane.

They left 17-year-old Daniel and another man, Joseph Edwards, also then 17, trapped in the back.

After three years, Done was released on parole but breached the terms of his release on licence and was called back to prison.

The Facebook account has since been shut down and the phone has been confiscated.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: "It is totally unacceptable for prisoners to access social networking sites or instruct others to do so on their behalf.

"No prisoner should be in any doubt that, if they break the rules, they will be stripped of their privileges." (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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