Criminal: General defences – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In R v Riddell [2017] EWCA Crim 413 the court confirmed that self-defence can potentially be a defence to allegations of both dangerous and careless driving. Even though dangerous driving does not inherently involve the use of force, there may be a need for responsive force in particular circumstances. The availability of the defence will depend on the force used in the driving in those circumstances. The court observed that it would be wrong for self-defence to be available when driving off to avoid injury but unavailable to nudge someone away when fearing violence.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2017

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Football agent guilty of killing man while texting behind wheel on M6 – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2017 in dangerous driving, homicide, news, sport, telecommunications by tracey

‘A football agent has been convicted of killing a highways worker and paralysing another in a fatal crash as he texted players while speeding in bad weather.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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Hospital double death crash driver, 90, spared jail – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2017 in dangerous driving, homicide, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A 90-year-old driver who killed a couple by reversing into them has been given a two-year suspended sentence.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2017

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Life sentences for killer drivers – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 17th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, drug abuse, homicide, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Ministers confirm plans to introduce tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Battle crash driver Naomi Oxley jailed for killing mum-of-three – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, guilty pleas, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A drunk driver who killed a mother-of-three has been jailed for four years. Debbie Masters, 37, was pushing her seven-month-old son in a pram in Battle, East Sussex, on 19 March when she was hit by Naomi Oxley’s car.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2017

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Police chase laws to be reviewed amid fears officers are unable to tackle moped-riding criminals – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2017 in careless driving, dangerous driving, motorcycles, news, police, road traffic offences by sally

‘Police chase laws are to be reviewed by the Government amid fears that officers are unable to effectively pursue and apprehend moped-riding criminals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2017

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Killer Aidan McAteer’s sentence increased over social media use – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2017 in appeals, dangerous driving, homicide, internet, news, sentencing, telecommunications by sally

‘A hit-and-run killer has had his jail term increased after he put posts on social media from inside prison.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2017

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Dangerous cycling law review after death crash – BBC News

‘The government is launching a review into whether a new law is needed to tackle dangerous cycling.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2017

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Biker jailed for wheelie-pulling, selfie-taking M6 stunts – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2017 in dangerous driving, disqualification, motorcycles, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Pawel Zietowski jailed for eight months after driving at up to 117mph and practising “hair-raising” stunts on motorway.’

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The Guardian, 18th September 2017

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Driver who ploughed into cyclists after spraying them with windscreen wash is jailed – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2017 in bicycles, dangerous driving, disqualification, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A road-rage driver has been jailed after being found guilty of deliberately swerving into a group of cyclists – including two children.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2017

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Armed robber dressed as witch jailed for Newport Co-op raid – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in dangerous driving, imprisonment, news, offensive weapons, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for life following an armed robbery on a supermarket while dressed as a witch.’

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BBC News, 22nd August 2017

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Mother-of-two jailed for leading police on 120mph car chase – Daily Telegraph

‘A speeding motorist has been jailed after leading police on a car chase where she exceeded 120mph, with the judge branding it as the worst case of dangerous driving he had ever seen.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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Lorry driver jailed for child’s crash death on A34 – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2017 in dangerous driving, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A lorry driver has been jailed for six years for causing the death of a three-year-old girl in a pile-up in which her pregnant mother suffered a miscarriage.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2017

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Jail for cocaine driver who killed Newport grandmother – BBC news

Posted July 14th, 2017 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A father-of-two has been jailed for eight years and eight months for killing a grandmother while sniffing cocaine at the wheel of his van.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2017

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Twelve jailed over high speed road race that killed four young people – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two men have today (May 19) been jailed for nine years for their part in a high-speed road race which left four people dead.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th May 2017

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Driver jailed for three years for ramming car into cyclist who confronted her for using mobile phone at the wheel – The Independent

‘A motorist who ploughed into a cyclist with her car after he challenged her for using a mobile phone while driving has been jailed for three years.’

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The Independent, 11th May 2017

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Texting lorry driver who killed a pensioner has jail term increased – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 10th, 2017 in attorney general, dangerous driving, homicide, judges, news, sentencing by sally

‘A texting lorry driver who was reaching down to tune his radio when he killed a pensioner has had his sentence increased after judges found it was unduly lenient.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2017

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Police and courts fail cyclists over road safety, says cross-party inquiry – The Guardian

‘Policing and the justice system are too often failing cyclists, making the roads too dangerous for people to ride on them, and then not properly prosecuting or banning motorists who commit offences, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

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Woman jailed over Facebook birthday message death crash – BBC News

‘A woman who was trying to send a message on Facebook when she crashed into a pensioner’s car, killing him, has been jailed for 27 months.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2017

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Dean Collins guilty over Joseph Smith’s crash death – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2017 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, news by sally

‘The driver of a car involved in a head-on crash which killed his five-year-old stepson has been found guilty of causing his death by dangerous driving.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2017

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