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Kill a man, no big deal; kill a tree, go to jail.

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by buckeyegrad, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

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    SMIRKING killer driver William Tait faces just a fine for mowing down a pensioner — but could be jailed for crashing into a TREE.

    Tait, 34, callously left Harry Thompson, 74, dying in the street after knocking him down on a pedestrian crossing.

    He sped away but lost control of his car and slammed into a tree.

    Prosecutors decided that at the time Tait hit Harry he was only driving carelessly — and there is no offence of causing death by careless driving.

    The toughest penalty he can get for killing Harry is a £2,500 fine for driving without due care and attention.

    But when he hit the tree it was deemed to be DANGEROUS driving — with a possible two-year jail term.

    Last night Harry’s family demanded a change in the law and backed The Sun’s campaign to get killer drivers charged with manslaughter.

    His nephew Kevin Oldfield, 42, said: “These charges seem to show it is all right to hit somebody and leave them for dead. Where is the justice?”

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    The Crown Prosecution Service said: “We have offered to meet Mr Oldfield after the case to explain why the charge was driving without due care and attention and not causing death by dangerous driving.”

    Harry’s partner Ada Murray, 75, said: “He was a lovely man and what has happened is a disgrace.”

    The retired decorator was knocked down last November walking home from a club.

    The yob’s BMW smashed into him in Denton Burn, Newcastle. Harry suffered head, chest and leg injuries.

    Tait, of Newcastle, was also driving with no insurance and no licence.

    He admitted the offences at Newcastle Crown Court and will be sentenced later this month. Thousands are backing The Sun’s Nail The Danger Drivers campaign, which delivered a 50,000-name petition to Home Secretary David Blunkett demanding a change in the law.
  2. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    Good to know we haven't cornered the market on stupid laws.
  3. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    Yet another example of where public flogging would come in useful.
  4. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Caning, anyone?
  5. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Just have the victim's nephew run over Tait with Tait's own vehicle, and then string up Tait from the tree he struck...
  6. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    That's messed up... my money says that law changes rather quickly...

    AZBUCKFAN Newbie

    That law is stupid. What is worse, though, is that idiot's stupid, smirking face; obviously he has no remorse at all. He needs to have his ass kicked thoroughly. Caning?...yeah, about 100 strokes.
  8. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    European courts are much lighter in their penalties for just about everything than are American courts.
  9. O-S-U

    O-S-U Newbie

    Ah, our judicial system at its best
  10. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    they don't have a law against hit and run?

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