I interpreted it that he got 20 years (is 10 a life sentence) and was ordered to serve concurrently, so serves 11.Ah. He killed two people, and got ten and a half years when the maximum sentence was fourteen.
And we are supposed to think increasing the maximum sentence is a good thing?
No one ever gets the maximum sentence anyway, across the whole of the British justice system, not just driving offences.
I don't think there was any doubt he was fleeing the police. He took off when he saw the police car.was fleeing the police....allegedly.
At a guess the change in VED rules will go some way, in that he can no longer buy a car with a valid VED and just drive it. The seller is responsible for making sure the details get to DVLA, he won't be able to get insurance so can't get tax. A roadside check will pick up the car. All we need is for him to have killed or ostracised all of his friends so that he can't borrow their cars, or get them to buy them for him. Simples. OK, probably doesn't make it any less likely at all...I don't think there was any doubt he was fleeing the police. He took off when he saw the police car.
He has had numerous driving bans and ignored them. He was able to get behind the wheel really easily each time and wasn't deterred by any of his previous sentences. How do you stop that?
The killers which society need protecting from have usually got a serious mental health condition or psychosis and are mainly committed to secure hospitals. Apart from terrorists I'm not sure what other kind of killers society needs protecting fromThe longer those who kill are in prison, the longer the honest law having public are safe from them.
As Either deterrent or punishment I doubt it's terribly effective, but as a means of stopping the next person becoming a victim's it's very effective.
Well of course the short answer is I don't know. See the disclaimer at the top of my post, my use of the word imagine and my emphasis of the word could.What does his addiction or your assumed lack of treatment ( as you don't know whether he was in treatment or not, or whether he'd refused treatment) got to do with anything? It doesn't say that his addiction was the cause of the fatal crash - he was fleeing from the police.
I would rather see the driver having to pay compensation to the victims family (along with a long driving ban) than going to prison.As this discussion appears to be taking off, I'll offer this case for consideration. Judge says
"I hope everyone will do their best to bring to justice people who use phones when they are driving. It has to stop."
Yet sentence is five months suspended plus two year ban, for killing a motorcyclist.
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