Couple jailed over hit-and-run death

Echo: Joanne Cottage Joanne Cottage

A HUSBAND and wife who tried to cover up their involvement in the death of a teenager in a hit-and-run accident have been jailed.

Marilyn Aldridge, 55, hit and killed pedestrian Joanne Cottage as she drove her blue Ford Granada along Ness Road, Shoebury, on February 1 last year.

But despite knowing she had injured the 17-year-old Shoebury girl, who died in hospital the next day, she drove off and then picked up her husband Russell Aldridge from IMS, the steel company where he worked in nearby Vanguard Way.

Marilyn Aldridge, who had no insurance, contacted police the next day and claimed her car had been stolen in an attempt to avoid prosecution.

Russell Aldridge, 39, then tried to destroy the evidence by setting fire to the vehicle, which he had dumped in a car park, near Poynings Avenue and Whittingham Avenue, Southend.

Lighter fuel was later found on the back seats of the car and at the home he shared with his wife in Locksley Close, Southend.

A third defendant, Jenny Dickinson, 41, was charged after making a false statement to police in which she backed up Mrs Aldridge about the stolen Ford Granada.

At Basildon Crown Court, Judge Christopher Mitchell sentenced Marilyn Aldridge to nine months in prison and Russell Aldridge to seven months. Dickinson was given a four-month suspended sentence along with a three-month curfew from 7pm to 7am. All three had pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

Judge Mitchell told the three defendants: “These attempts to mislead the police by all three of you in circumstances where someone was lying injured at the side of the road and tragically dies are very serious matters. The background to this case is tragic. I am sentencing you Marilyn Aldridge on the basis you knew perfectly well you had hit her and she was lying at the side of the road.”

Samantha Leigh, counsel for the prosecution, said a police investigation had found the fatal crash had been an accident as there was a blind spot in the road which meant Marilyn Aldridge, would not have seen Miss Cottage until the last minute.

Mrs Leigh said police also found no defects with her car and said she had been driving at speeds of between 30 and 42mph along the 30 mph road.

She said when police went to Marilyn Aldridge’s home after she reported her car missing, she eventually broke down during questioning and confessed she had been driving at the time of the accident.

She claimed she had driven off because she had panicked, but continued to maintain the vehicle had been stolen.

Dickinson, a former neighbour, who now lives in Honiton Road, Southend, admitted perverting the course of justice. She said she had lied out of loyalty to Marilyn Aldridge, who was so frightened and knew Russell Aldridge, who didn’t even have a licence, was going to dispose of the car.

Marilyn Aldridge pleaded guilty to failing to stop at an accident, perverting the course of justice and no insurance at an earlier hearing. Russell Aldridge admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, driving without a licence and no insurance.

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9:36am Thu 14 Aug 08

Robb says...

I think the time they got for this is an utter disgrace. I see that as murder and covering up the murder. A complete disrespect for the young girl who died. Her life was worth just nine months for a woman who killed someone. I think the sentence should have been far tougher. The way she lied to the police etc, making false accusations, and wasting police time as well as everything else. The family have been through enough and all she gets is 9 months. An utter disgrace!!!! I think this is worse than a drink driver!!!
I think the time they got for this is an utter disgrace. I see that as murder and covering up the murder. A complete disrespect for the young girl who died. Her life was worth just nine months for a woman who killed someone. I think the sentence should have been far tougher. The way she lied to the police etc, making false accusations, and wasting police time as well as everything else. The family have been through enough and all she gets is 9 months. An utter disgrace!!!! I think this is worse than a drink driver!!! Robb
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9:48am Thu 14 Aug 08

marie2504 says...

this is pathetic!!! go and rob a corner shop you would probably get atleast a year or get in a little fight youd get a year or two, but go and kill a innocent 17 year old girl, u get 9 months!!!! n the woman will probably only serve 4 and a half!
jo was an amazin and kind girl and would do anythin for anyone, and all her life is worth is 9 months?? think how this makes her family feel?,i was her friend and i am upset this is al they got. the woman shud get life! its murder and even if it was an accident she stil hit her and didnt even have the decency to stop and ring the police and a ambulance instead she drove off and tried to cover it up! this is a 55 year old lady we are talkin about, who shudnt even of been drivin in the first place as she had no liscence, and if she wasnt then jo wud still be here with us to this day!!!
thinking of you jo! luv marie xx
this is pathetic!!! go and rob a corner shop you would probably get atleast a year or get in a little fight youd get a year or two, but go and kill a innocent 17 year old girl, u get 9 months!!!! n the woman will probably only serve 4 and a half! jo was an amazin and kind girl and would do anythin for anyone, and all her life is worth is 9 months?? think how this makes her family feel?,i was her friend and i am upset this is al they got. the woman shud get life! its murder and even if it was an accident she stil hit her and didnt even have the decency to stop and ring the police and a ambulance instead she drove off and tried to cover it up! this is a 55 year old lady we are talkin about, who shudnt even of been drivin in the first place as she had no liscence, and if she wasnt then jo wud still be here with us to this day!!! thinking of you jo! luv marie xx marie2504
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9:52am Thu 14 Aug 08

margrete says...

The prosecution said that 'the fatal crash had been an accident because of a blind spot...the car was being driven at speeds between 30-42 mph along a 30 mph road'.

I am staggered by this. The guilty driver presumably knew the area because her husband worked nearby - one assumes it wasn't the first time she had picked him up. Therefore she must have been aware there was a blind spot. The 30 mph limit is there for a reason, but even so, you don't HAVE to drive up to that limit if there are hazards. I would always slow down on a road like that, even if it annoyed drivers coming behind me! And I cannot imagine the kind of mentality that thinks it's OK to drive uninsured.

Poor girl, and poor parents.
The prosecution said that 'the fatal crash had been an accident because of a blind spot...the car was being driven at speeds between 30-42 mph along a 30 mph road'. I am staggered by this. The guilty driver presumably knew the area because her husband worked nearby - one assumes it wasn't the first time she had picked him up. Therefore she must have been aware there was a blind spot. The 30 mph limit is there for a reason, but even so, you don't HAVE to drive up to that limit if there are hazards. I would always slow down on a road like that, even if it annoyed drivers coming behind me! And I cannot imagine the kind of mentality that thinks it's OK to drive uninsured. Poor girl, and poor parents. margrete
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11:44am Thu 14 Aug 08

1981 says...

I fail to see how this was anything but causing DEATH by DANGEROUS driving along with trying to cover it up. I feel so sorry for the family having to live with not only never seeing Joanne again but the fact that her killers will serve only a few months in so called prision probably enjoying a very comfortable time and then probably living off the state when they get out. Sick, this country needs to look at things very closely. RIP Joanne.
I fail to see how this was anything but causing DEATH by DANGEROUS driving along with trying to cover it up. I feel so sorry for the family having to live with not only never seeing Joanne again but the fact that her killers will serve only a few months in so called prision probably enjoying a very comfortable time and then probably living off the state when they get out. Sick, this country needs to look at things very closely. RIP Joanne. 1981
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12:25pm Thu 14 Aug 08

marie2504 says...

i agree...this countries a f***ing joke!!!
i agree...this countries a f***ing joke!!! marie2504
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5:16pm Thu 14 Aug 08

djfitzo says...

I am a neighbour of this wonderful family who have lost their precious daughter/sister, what a joke, this is the sort of sentence you expect petty criminals to get, not those who take a life then try & cover it up. The family must be distraught with this injustice. My heart goes out to the whole family and all those who knew joanne, god bless you all. RIP JOANNE XXXXXXXXXX
I am a neighbour of this wonderful family who have lost their precious daughter/sister, what a joke, this is the sort of sentence you expect petty criminals to get, not those who take a life then try & cover it up. The family must be distraught with this injustice. My heart goes out to the whole family and all those who knew joanne, god bless you all. RIP JOANNE XXXXXXXXXX djfitzo
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5:45pm Thu 14 Aug 08

evilc says...

Yet again our criminal justice system really showing their teeth!!

What more do you need to do in this enlightened country to actually receive ANY form of punishment?

This is a criminal who has gone out driving with no insurance who actually kills a completely innocent person drives off and the lies to the Police, how much more does she have to do to actually get punished?

This dam Government really have a lot to answer for!!
Yet again our criminal justice system really showing their teeth!! What more do you need to do in this enlightened country to actually receive ANY form of punishment? This is a criminal who has gone out driving with no insurance who actually kills a completely innocent person drives off and the lies to the Police, how much more does she have to do to actually get punished? This dam Government really have a lot to answer for!! evilc
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5:53pm Thu 14 Aug 08

1981 says...

The guy who robbed and attacked a taxi driver got 3 years (still far too low) yet the woman who killed Joanne got this poxy sentence.
The guy who robbed and attacked a taxi driver got 3 years (still far too low) yet the woman who killed Joanne got this poxy sentence. 1981
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8:15pm Thu 14 Aug 08

The Voice of Reason says...

Just to correct one of the messages here, the driver had a license, but had no insurance. So while the car was being driven illegally, the 'accident' was not through the fault of someone who had little, or no, driving experience - this is, however, a side issue.

I too, find the sentence extremely lenient - driving without insurance alone should carry a custodial sentence. But for a woman, who i dare say is a mother herself, to knowlingly hit someone and dive off really does beggar belief. To torch the vehicle after reporting it stolen to hide the evidence, is callous beyond belief. It's too easy to spurt out any number of years which this wicked woman should serve behind bars, but the penalty certainly does not suit the crime. Even more alarming was that there does not appear to be any driving ban - again, i believe there is a mandatory ban for driving without any insurance, yet it seems that this person will not only be free before Xmas, but also likely to be driving on a street near you too.

Finally, to Joanne's parents. I never knew your daughter, and infact, have only been reading this case after the sentencing. I would be extremely disappointed at the sentence handed down. May your daughter rest in piece while you rebuild your lives. The only consolation, scant as it may be, is that this evil woman has to live with her actions for the rest of her guilt-ridden life.

TVoR
Just to correct one of the messages here, the driver had a license, but had no insurance. So while the car was being driven illegally, the 'accident' was not through the fault of someone who had little, or no, driving experience - this is, however, a side issue. I too, find the sentence extremely lenient - driving without insurance alone should carry a custodial sentence. But for a woman, who i dare say is a mother herself, to knowlingly hit someone and dive off really does beggar belief. To torch the vehicle after reporting it stolen to hide the evidence, is callous beyond belief. It's too easy to spurt out any number of years which this wicked woman should serve behind bars, but the penalty certainly does not suit the crime. Even more alarming was that there does not appear to be any driving ban - again, i believe there is a mandatory ban for driving without any insurance, yet it seems that this person will not only be free before Xmas, but also likely to be driving on a street near you too. Finally, to Joanne's parents. I never knew your daughter, and infact, have only been reading this case after the sentencing. I would be extremely disappointed at the sentence handed down. May your daughter rest in piece while you rebuild your lives. The only consolation, scant as it may be, is that this evil woman has to live with her actions for the rest of her guilt-ridden life. TVoR The Voice of Reason
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10:58am Fri 15 Aug 08

margrete says...

TVoR, may I add my voice to every word that you write. I believe, according to the report, that the woman did have a driving licence but that it was her husband who had none. No doubt that was the reason why she was driving to pick him up. In answer to those who wrote that it was murder - no, it was not, because the driver did not see the young girl until the last moment because of the 'blind spot' which police have identified. Murder has to be premeditated. The guilty woman did not set out to kill the girl 'with malice aforethought' as the legal phrase is. She probably was thinking of something else entirely, perhaps fearing her husband's wrath if she kept him waiting. This is not to make any excuse for her behaviour whatsoever, because she was driving at too fast a speed for the road conditions. A driver must always be aware of hazards, take appropriate action, and a 'blind spot', where someone may be crossing the road, is an obvious hazard. And as I said before, I can't conceive of the mentality that thinks it's OK to drive uninsured. Maybe the woman thought 'I've driven this road many times, nothing has ever happened, we're getting rid of the car so no need to waste money on insurance...' - who knows what she was thinking of at the time.

She was certainly 'driving without due care and attention' and should have been deprived of her licence, as well as sent to jail. As my husband says almost every day, when we go out and see appallingly-bad examples of driving, any one of which could easily result in tragedy: 'And we have to share the roads with drivers like this'.

TVoR, you managed to express your thoughts coherently and in normal English. I hate to criticise the friend of the victim above, but I could barely understand what she wrote above, especially the first posting. It does no good, however, to lambast England as 'this country is a f-ing joke', in her second posting, which I did understand.
TVoR, may I add my voice to every word that you write. I believe, according to the report, that the woman did have a driving licence but that it was her husband who had none. No doubt that was the reason why she was driving to pick him up. In answer to those who wrote that it was murder - no, it was not, because the driver did not see the young girl until the last moment because of the 'blind spot' which police have identified. Murder has to be premeditated. The guilty woman did not set out to kill the girl 'with malice aforethought' as the legal phrase is. She probably was thinking of something else entirely, perhaps fearing her husband's wrath if she kept him waiting. This is not to make any excuse for her behaviour whatsoever, because she was driving at too fast a speed for the road conditions. A driver must always be aware of hazards, take appropriate action, and a 'blind spot', where someone may be crossing the road, is an obvious hazard. And as I said before, I can't conceive of the mentality that thinks it's OK to drive uninsured. Maybe the woman thought 'I've driven this road many times, nothing has ever happened, we're getting rid of the car so no need to waste money on insurance...' - who knows what she was thinking of at the time. She was certainly 'driving without due care and attention' and should have been deprived of her licence, as well as sent to jail. As my husband says almost every day, when we go out and see appallingly-bad examples of driving, any one of which could easily result in tragedy: 'And we have to share the roads with drivers like this'. TVoR, you managed to express your thoughts coherently and in normal English. I hate to criticise the friend of the victim above, but I could barely understand what she wrote above, especially the first posting. It does no good, however, to lambast England as 'this country is a f-ing joke', in her second posting, which I did understand. margrete
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12:19pm Fri 15 Aug 08

jpg125 says...

These sentences are appalling and disgusting. Although this driver may have not have premeditated thoughts of murder, she left this girl at the side of the road to die and these people did everything within their power to make sure that they were not found out. North Shoebury Road has a 30 limit for a reason because of the blind summit AND corner, which is in the middle of a heavily built up residential area. There is NO excuse for doing over 30 in such an area.
Manslaughter, casuing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, perverting the course of justice, and countless, countless other crimes were committed by these people, and they are given 9 months? Appalling and disgusting- the justice system and these criminals.
These sentences are appalling and disgusting. Although this driver may have not have premeditated thoughts of murder, she left this girl at the side of the road to die and these people did everything within their power to make sure that they were not found out. North Shoebury Road has a 30 limit for a reason because of the blind summit AND corner, which is in the middle of a heavily built up residential area. There is NO excuse for doing over 30 in such an area. Manslaughter, casuing death by dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, perverting the course of justice, and countless, countless other crimes were committed by these people, and they are given 9 months? Appalling and disgusting- the justice system and these criminals. jpg125
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12:36pm Fri 15 Aug 08

Hale says...

We are Joanne's parents and would like to thank everyone for their comments and support on the appalling sentences given by the judge.

Unfortunately, the legal system once again has let down the victim and their family and we are left feeling frustrated, angry and just heartbreaking despair.

In court we had to listen to the defendants barristers putting forward their reasons for their actions on that dreadful night, some of these were totally irrelevant to the case e.g failed marriages, depression, a hard life! If she was that depressed why was she driving a car? They are all lying scumbags who would have continued to lie if the police had not tracked them down. What I cannot comprehend and accept is that she hit Joanne, drove off and didn't even call for help. What sort of person are you?

The evil woman driving the car has a 9 month prison sentence but will only serve half, a 3 year driving ban and 6 points on her licence. What was not mentioned is that she has little or no sight in her left eye and has to wear glasses for driving. However, because there was no evidence to prove she wasn't wearing them at the time of the accident it could not be pursued. The comment about the blind spot on the bridge just makes us think that if it was that dangerous why have there never been any accidents there before? The only thought in that woman's head was for herself, and all three have shown complete contempt for the importance of our daughter's life and the total devastation they have caused.

Essex police have been fantastic and supported us every step of the way and worked extremely hard on this case. I can only imagine their frustration that once again all their hard work results in such appalling sentences.

We are now left having to accept these sentences, there is nothing we can do to change things. They, however, have 28 days to appeal against their sentences! All this, of course, at the taxpayers expense on legal aid! We cannot even claim compensation as the driver was uninsured. NOT that any money in the world could ever replace our darling daughter, but we carried out Joanne's wishes for her to be an organ donor and donations at her funeral were sent to Little Havens and we would have continued to support these two causes.

We feel totally let down, but we have to somehow pick up the pieces of our shattered lives for the sake of Joanne's sister and brother. We are extremely thankful for the support of our family, friends and the police.

Joanne was a beautiful, caring, bubbly girl and we will love and miss her for the rest of our lives.

We are Joanne's parents and would like to thank everyone for their comments and support on the appalling sentences given by the judge. Unfortunately, the legal system once again has let down the victim and their family and we are left feeling frustrated, angry and just heartbreaking despair. In court we had to listen to the defendants barristers putting forward their reasons for their actions on that dreadful night, some of these were totally irrelevant to the case e.g failed marriages, depression, a hard life! If she was that depressed why was she driving a car? They are all lying scumbags who would have continued to lie if the police had not tracked them down. What I cannot comprehend and accept is that she hit Joanne, drove off and didn't even call for help. What sort of person are you? The evil woman driving the car has a 9 month prison sentence but will only serve half, a 3 year driving ban and 6 points on her licence. What was not mentioned is that she has little or no sight in her left eye and has to wear glasses for driving. However, because there was no evidence to prove she wasn't wearing them at the time of the accident it could not be pursued. The comment about the blind spot on the bridge just makes us think that if it was that dangerous why have there never been any accidents there before? The only thought in that woman's head was for herself, and all three have shown complete contempt for the importance of our daughter's life and the total devastation they have caused. Essex police have been fantastic and supported us every step of the way and worked extremely hard on this case. I can only imagine their frustration that once again all their hard work results in such appalling sentences. We are now left having to accept these sentences, there is nothing we can do to change things. They, however, have 28 days to appeal against their sentences! All this, of course, at the taxpayers expense on legal aid! We cannot even claim compensation as the driver was uninsured. NOT that any money in the world could ever replace our darling daughter, but we carried out Joanne's wishes for her to be an organ donor and donations at her funeral were sent to Little Havens and we would have continued to support these two causes. We feel totally let down, but we have to somehow pick up the pieces of our shattered lives for the sake of Joanne's sister and brother. We are extremely thankful for the support of our family, friends and the police. Joanne was a beautiful, caring, bubbly girl and we will love and miss her for the rest of our lives. Hale
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1:02pm Fri 15 Aug 08

Girl says...

I am a local girl of Shoebury and must say that the lady driver is a very well known person who once lived in Shoebury herself.

If any such thing had happened to one of her own children I'd hate to think of the consequences.

She knows that road very well and to be honest I drive along there every day myself and there is no such blind spot. There is a slight bend but if your travelling at the correct speeds then there is no danger. As per Joanne's parents comments, there has been no similar accident at that spot.

It is extremely disappointing to see such a small sentence. This may have been a simple accident but if you truely knew the people involved you would have your doubts.
I am a local girl of Shoebury and must say that the lady driver is a very well known person who once lived in Shoebury herself. If any such thing had happened to one of her own children I'd hate to think of the consequences. She knows that road very well and to be honest I drive along there every day myself and there is no such blind spot. There is a slight bend but if your travelling at the correct speeds then there is no danger. As per Joanne's parents comments, there has been no similar accident at that spot. It is extremely disappointing to see such a small sentence. This may have been a simple accident but if you truely knew the people involved you would have your doubts. Girl
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4:11pm Fri 15 Aug 08

The Voice of Reason says...

And just to throw things into an even more appalling light, the man whose own step-daughter was killed in a mini motobike crash, was today sentenced to 4 years in prison for what, in the judges eyes, was 'stupidity, even though, naturally there was a lot of remorse.

Doesn't our totally inept and inconsistent justice system make you want to vomit ?????

TVoR
And just to throw things into an even more appalling light, the man whose own step-daughter was killed in a mini motobike crash, was today sentenced to 4 years in prison for what, in the judges eyes, was 'stupidity, even though, naturally there was a lot of remorse. Doesn't our totally inept and inconsistent justice system make you want to vomit ????? TVoR The Voice of Reason
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9:50am Sat 16 Aug 08

margrete says...

I have the utmost sympathy for Joanne's parents, whose dignity and reasoned factual statement of the case contrast with earlier postings here which were frankly obscene and unhelpful. I offer them my sincerest condolences.

Reading the current headlines, we have other instances of appalling driving: a teenager charged with killing one young man and injuring two others, then another car which, we're told 'flipped on to its roof and the driver ran away'.

In the case of Joanne, it was interesting that there was a question-mark about the guilty driver's vision. I myself know of an instance which happened not far from where I live, a young woman who was killed using a pelican crossing, in broad daylight, on a straight road. The inquest on that young woman has not even been held yet - it should have been held on 2nd May but was adjourned.

There are people about who really should not drive, because they seem to ignore the fact that a car is a heavy lump of metal moving at speed, and if it comes into contact with vulnerable flesh-and-blood, inevitably it's the flesh-and-blood that has no chance.

I have the utmost sympathy for Joanne's parents, whose dignity and reasoned factual statement of the case contrast with earlier postings here which were frankly obscene and unhelpful. I offer them my sincerest condolences. Reading the current headlines, we have other instances of appalling driving: a teenager charged with killing one young man and injuring two others, then another car which, we're told 'flipped on to its roof and the driver ran away'. In the case of Joanne, it was interesting that there was a question-mark about the guilty driver's vision. I myself know of an instance which happened not far from where I live, a young woman who was killed using a pelican crossing, in broad daylight, on a straight road. The inquest on that young woman has not even been held yet - it should have been held on 2nd May but was adjourned. There are people about who really should not drive, because they seem to ignore the fact that a car is a heavy lump of metal moving at speed, and if it comes into contact with vulnerable flesh-and-blood, inevitably it's the flesh-and-blood that has no chance. margrete
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8:33pm Sat 16 Aug 08

The_Shnooks says...

What pathetic sentences they got! Marilyn and Russell have always been on the strange side. I feel very sorry for there children, one of whom is a freind of my daughter, she is only 16 bless her!
As to Joannes mum, I didnt realise that you had moved away, you were an inspiration at Hamstel to many of the children there and you have shown great composure throughout. Bless you and your family
What pathetic sentences they got! Marilyn and Russell have always been on the strange side. I feel very sorry for there children, one of whom is a freind of my daughter, she is only 16 bless her! As to Joannes mum, I didnt realise that you had moved away, you were an inspiration at Hamstel to many of the children there and you have shown great composure throughout. Bless you and your family The_Shnooks
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12:44am Sun 17 Aug 08

rob atkins says...

The judge should have his position removed for them sentences it should read years not months on all of them ,
Totally pathetic and far too soft is it any wonder the laws are broken constantly with these goons passing such stupid sentences ,
Sorry to say it but the BNP have this right with zero tollerance on crimes of such tragic outcomes.
The judge should have his position removed for them sentences it should read years not months on all of them , Totally pathetic and far too soft is it any wonder the laws are broken constantly with these goons passing such stupid sentences , Sorry to say it but the BNP have this right with zero tollerance on crimes of such tragic outcomes. rob atkins
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11:25am Sun 17 Aug 08

margrete says...

"Sorry to say it but the BNP have this right with zero tolerance on crimes of such tragic outcomes."

Don't be sorry to say it - they have a lot of things right!

What I wrote above, a case I know of where a young woman was killed on a pelican crossing. That driver had impaired vision too.
"Sorry to say it but the BNP have this right with zero tolerance on crimes of such tragic outcomes." Don't be sorry to say it - they have a lot of things right! What I wrote above, a case I know of where a young woman was killed on a pelican crossing. That driver had impaired vision too. margrete
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6:06pm Sun 17 Aug 08

Bosniavet says...

I am shocked, but not surprised, by the leniency of the sentences handed down. We have witnessed quite a few ridiculous sentences in this country recently relating to needless deaths associated with roads, 2 examples are the man who knocked down & killed a pedestrian whilst riding his bicycle on the pavement, who was awarded a community sentence, & used the defence that he had "learning difficuylties", meaning he was unable to comprehend it was wrong to ride on the pavement in contravention of the Road Traffic Act; The second was a man who deliberatley rode a bicycle into a group of teenagers shouting that he would not stop or swerve to avoid them, resulting in the death of a teenage girl, again this person was given a community sentence.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the parents of Joanne, & I know that nothing I say will help, other than to show the majority of us agree with them. I understood that the CPS etc could appeal against a lenient sentence, I hope they do.
What else can be said?
I am shocked, but not surprised, by the leniency of the sentences handed down. We have witnessed quite a few ridiculous sentences in this country recently relating to needless deaths associated with roads, 2 examples are the man who knocked down & killed a pedestrian whilst riding his bicycle on the pavement, who was awarded a community sentence, & used the defence that he had "learning difficuylties", meaning he was unable to comprehend it was wrong to ride on the pavement in contravention of the Road Traffic Act; The second was a man who deliberatley rode a bicycle into a group of teenagers shouting that he would not stop or swerve to avoid them, resulting in the death of a teenage girl, again this person was given a community sentence. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the parents of Joanne, & I know that nothing I say will help, other than to show the majority of us agree with them. I understood that the CPS etc could appeal against a lenient sentence, I hope they do. What else can be said? Bosniavet
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