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Wildy Drunken Driver, Already Disqualified, Previous Conviction, Killed 2 People, Only Gets 7½ Years (Out In 3)

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Canary42 | 23:43 Fri 05th Apr 2019 | News
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Another pathetic judge. No wonder crime is on the increase.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-47827686

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Ought to be a throw the key away case imo.


A witness to the crash said they had to hold on to Clarke to stop him from trying to stagger away before the police arrived.

The court also heard a witness say it looked as if Clarke was trying to pull Mr Seymour, who was badly injured, across into the driver's seat.
I can't help thinking though that accepting a lift from someone who's clearly pished out of his mind could be considered to be somewhat foolhardy.
All very true and I agree with you, but why was he a passenger in a vehicle being driven by someone who had drunk 10 pints and was obviously that intoxicated? Why didn't he take his keys off him?
Sorry Chris you weren't there when I posted :)
it doesn't say what penalties were open to the judge.

"killed a former footballer and anti-child abuse campaigner" - that's actually only one person.
>>> it doesn't say what penalties were open to the judge

See here:
https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/offences/crown-court/item/causing-death-by-dangerous-driving/

It would appear that the judge considered a notional 10-year sentence to be appropriate but was then obliged to reduce it by 25% for an early guilty plea.
One does wonder why he got in the van with a bloke who was obviously drunk.

But if the max is 10 years then with 25% off for an early plea 7.5 years is right. Mind you I think it should have been more.

Perhaps we need to adopt some of the US sentencing where they get x amount of years for each offence to run consecutively.
theres no hiding places in prison, as soon as the other cons find out his crime, he will be dealt with.
dam savage, should throw away the key.
The maximum for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years.

Mr Clarke would have been entitled to a third discount for his guilty plea making the nominal sentence one of 11 years and three months.
A Judge does NOT make up the sentence off the top of his/her head ! He / She MUST follow 'Sebtencing Guidelines' !!. If a sentence outside the guidelines was passed the defence solicitor would be duty bound to question it! As said the sentence is well within the guidelines !

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