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R v Huggett (Dominic Gavin)

Sentencing - Road traffic - Road traffic offences - Causing death by dangerous driving - Extended sentences - Aggravating features - Alcohol - Intention - Guilty pleas - Disqualification - Defendant disappeared from scene of collision - Seven years custody not manifestly excessive - No extension under Powers of the Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000.

10 September 2004

The defendant (H) appealed with leave of a single judge from a sentence imposed for an offence of causing death by dangerous driving. H had driven at 45 mph in a 20 mph controlled area, inset with speed bumps. In so doing he collided with a group of three people. One person, an elderly lady, was attempting to mount a taxi with the aid of the other two. The elderly lady died of her injuries four hours later and the other two victims sustained life-threatening injuries, which would remain with them for the rest of their lives. Following the collision H went into hiding and had the motor vehicle collected such that it was never found. Eight days later he surrendered to the police and was charged. H pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving and to having had three to four bottles of reasonably strong beer. He denied any intention to harm or to drive dangerously. He apologised and told the court that he had no excuse for his behaviour. H was given a seven year custodial sente...

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